2021-05-27 11:38:02

Dr. Monica Gandhi on the Origins of COVID-19, Vaccine Equity, the Debate over Masks & More

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of COVID-19 as new questions are being raised over whether an accidental leak from a Chinese virology lab is to blame for the pandemic.

The Wall Street Journal reports three employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill with COVID-like symptoms in the autumn of 2019 and were hospitalized in November of that year, before the first recorded case of COVID-19.

China has criticized the Biden administration’s call for a new probe, saying the lab leak hypothesis is a “conspiracy created by U.S. intelligence agencies.”

In March, the World Health Organization said its investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic found it was “extremely unlikely” that the novel coronavirus emerged from a laboratory, but many scientists are calling on the WHO to further investigate the possibility.

DN speaks with infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, who says there are real questions about whether information about the virus was withheld early on, delaying public health measures and vaccine development, but she stresses that “designing” a virus in a lab is very difficult.

“I personally do not think that you can create these type of viruses in a lab. Only nature can do this,” Dr. Gandhi says.

She also discusses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s loosening of public health restrictions and how the U.S. can use its vaccine surplus to help other countries. “The solution of the pandemic is immunity. And the only way to get to immunity is to vaccinate the world,” she says.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Health

Capitalist Nations Bailed Out Banks While Skimping on Funds to Vaccinate Humanit

Capitalist Nations Bailed Out Banks While Skimping on Funds to Vaccinate Humanit

The David Pakman Show

Pandemic Expert Weighs in on COVID Lab Leak Theory

Pandemic Expert Weighs in on COVID Lab Leak Theory

The Thom Hartmann Program

Asymptomatic COVID Patients Develop Long Haul COVID - Geeky Science!

Asymptomatic COVID Patients Develop Long Haul COVID - Geeky Science!

Seattle Becomes First Major City to Reach Biden's 70% Vaccination Goal

Seattle Becomes First Major City to Reach Biden's 70% Vaccination Goal

Proud Partners