Greeks lashed out on social media and accused the government of “double standards”.
A lab escape was once dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Now, though, it is very much regarded as a plausible hypothesis. More worrying is the prospect that the virus might not just be an escaped sample of a naturally occurring bat coronavirus, but an engineered virus from gain-of-function research. This may explain why it was already well adapted to human-to-human transmission. The practice of building chimera coronaviruses, sometimes leaving no trace of manipulation, is not new.
“A prophylactic treatment is discovered by scientific research. Then government intervened to make the treatment in turn available, compulsory, and more effective. Clearly more and more intervention and powers of coercion are involved… In sum, therefore, scientific knowledge could aid or even produce pressure for government action by seeming to give this pressure intellectual justification and provide practical means of implementation.”