ProPublica: University of North Carolina COVID Lab Cited for “Risk of Accidents” (pure coincidence?)

Reports indicate UNC researchers were potentially exposed to lab-created coronaviruses in several incidents since 2015. These incidents highlight the risks even in the most secure and respected research facilities.

Researchers suit up in a high-security lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Records show several incidents at UNC’s labs with genetically modified coronaviruses since 2015. (Christopher Janaro)

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  1. It is notable that in October, 2014, the Health and Human Services Department under the Obama administration placed a moratorium on gain-of-function research at facilities precisely because of safety incidents. What is ironic, is that the UNC research on circulating bat viruses at that same time was apparently exempted from said moratorium. The moratorium was finally lifted in December, 2017.

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