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These days, a majority of Americans believe that the coronavirus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the possibility is considered to be at least plausible by much of the media as well as a cross-section of high-ranking officials. That wasn’t always the case. Last year, much of the media dismissed the lab-leak theory as fringe or a conspiracy. Even fact-checkers claimed it was debunked. But National Review was willing to take the lab-leak theory seriously from the beginning and throughout the past year. And we have the receipts. As you read some of the examples of fearless journalism below, we hope you will consider participating in our current donation drive.

Rich Lowry previously flagged 75 stories that we have run on the lab-origin theory, and here are some excerpts from them:

April 3, 2020: “It is a remarkable coincidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was researching Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses in bats before the pandemic outbreak. . . . And the fact that the Chinese government spent six weeks insisting that COVID-19 could not be spread from person to person means that its denials about Wuhan laboratories cannot be accepted without independent verification.”

April 6, 2020: “We do know for certain that two laboratories in the city — the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention and the Wuhan Institute of Virology — were researching coronaviruses in bats. While it is theoretically possible that Dr. Botao Xiao is insane and/or just making it all up, his withdrawn research paper offered the surprisingly specific contention that 605 bats in total were being used in research at Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention.”

April 7, 2020, noting that Wuhan wet markets had reopened: “Why are Chinese authorities not worried about a second outbreak at those markets,

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