What does this have to do with protecting lives AT THIS MOMENT? I couldn’t care less at the moment where this originated. I only care about our lives and returning to some sense of normalcy.
Wuhan can be investigated parallely or later. For that matter, let’s investigate how badly the US and many states handled the virus from the start, politicizing basic issues like masking and social distancing. Let’s get to the bottom of both. But not at the expense of more lives, as well as an indefinite continuation of the pandemic.
With the greatest respect to whatever political persuasion one is, even Republican leaders are now finally begging people to get vaccinated. Here’s an example from the Republican Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey:
“Let’s be crystal clear about this issue. And media, I want you to start reporting the facts. The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” Gov. Ivey said … in Birmingham Thursday.
When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.
“I don’t know, you tell me. Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” she said. “I’ve done all I know how to do. I can encourage you to do something but I can’t make you take care of yourself.
Many of the very senior political folks who termed this virus a “hoax” or said that vaccines/masking/distancing were unnecessary or a matter of “personal choice” have done a 180 this week on the vaccine issue. That pretty much says it all.
ETA: I suppose the reason for the 180 degree change is the utter savagery of the Delta variant. India’s example was horrific, both in terms of how transmissible the virus was and its lethality. One saving grace that we have in the US is that essentially no one in India was vaccinated when the Delta variant hit. So, we are, in the aggregate, in a much better situation than India. But that’s the key: vaccinations, as well as masking and distancing, AFAIK.