Author: Portia Wong

Portia is an MPhil student at the University of Hong Kong studying the genetics and ecology of highly trafficked pangolins. Outside of science, Portia is interested in social equality and modern calligraphy. Twitter: @biotia99
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Is the scientific discourse about covid-19 and its origins too western-centric?

At the beginning of the spread of Covid-19, there was a scramble amongst scientists and governments globally to trace the origin of the virus. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market quickly became the centre of Covid origin narratives in both media and scientific discourse, since many of the first patients had visited the market. A flurry of scientific papers came out calling for the ban of ‘wet markets’ in China, eventually garnering support from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in April 2020.