On Thursday, the prestigious journal Science published a detailed technical report by Michael Worobey, a virology expert at the University of Arizona. Dr. Worobey concludes that Covid-19 originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China.
The report is a dramatic turnaround for Science and a vindication that scientists often discover truths that contrast first impressions. During the initial days of the pandemic, the publication hewed strongly to the professional opinion of experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and scientists at the World Health Organization. They maintained that no evidence existed to link the virus to China.
Jon Cohen, a senior correspondent with Science, was one of the first journalists to lift Dr. Anthony Fauci to the preeminent status he has since enjoyed. Interviewing Fauci for his March 2020 piece, when Covid had just arrived in America, Cohen starts with this softball: