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Introducing the Revised and Expanded Paperback Edition of "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19"

The revised and expanded paperback edition of my newest book, Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with the brilliant scientist Alina Chan, is now available to purchase in the United States, in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. It was a privilege to help Alina write Viral, and a privilege to create this updated version with her.

I hope it will play a role in shedding light on what I still consider the most important question facing the world today.The launch of the paperback edition of Viral is different from those for my other books, for two reasons.One is that due to the nature of the topic, this paperback has been significantly revised and expanded. Most importantly, the epilogue discusses three new developments since the publication of the hardback.

The first was the discovery of a virus in a bat in Laos that is slightly more similar to SARS-CoV-2 than the virus studied at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The second is detailed information about how prominent western virologists, who had privately thought the virus was likely manipulated in a laboratory, began to instead tell the public that no lab-based scenario was plausible.

The third is a trio of conflicting studies about whether the Huanan seafood market was the site of a natural spillover of the virus from animals to people, or just the site of a human superspreader event in December 2019.The other reason is the media’s odd reaction to the hardcover launch. While it received praise from readers and had some impact, like giving us the opportunity to testify for Parliament, many people and institutions, from virologists to CNN to The Smithsonian, made it clear they felt threatened by Viral's subject matter.

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