Whether lab leak or animal origin, Covid has seriously damaged global trust

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US president Joe Biden: These days we are hearing far less from Washington about co-operating with China and far more about confronting it. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Viruses thrive on ignorance. China’s refusal to co-operate with investigations into Covid’s origins is thus self-harming. Not only does it deepen fears that China will be late in alerting the world to the next novel virus outbreak, it fans conspiracy theories that coronavirus was a Chinese plot. More than three years after Covid erupted, the world has made little progress on preparing for the next pandemic, which is probably a question of time. The...