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Podcast Episode 18
12:01pm

On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years

with Elaine Dewar
Hosted by Neil Wilson

On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years

with Elaine Dewar
Hosted by Neil Wilson
15
Friday
Oct
12:01pm
Elaine Dewar - Photo by Danielle Dewar

The Festival’s Neil Wilson sits down with author and journalist Elaine Dewar, winner of nine National Magazine awards, to discuss her latest publication, On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years: An Investigation . 

 

When the first TV newscast described a SARS-like flu affecting a distant Chinese metropolis, investigative journalist Elaine Dewar started asking questions: Was SARS-CoV-2 something that came from nature, as leading scientists insisted, or did it come from a lab, and what role might controversial experiments have played in its development? Why was Wuhan the pandemic's ground zero—and why, on the other side of the Atlantic, had two researchers been marched out of a lab in Winnipeg by the RCMP? Why were governments so slow to respond to the emerging pandemic, and why, now, is the government of China refusing to cooperate with the World Health Organization? And who, or what, is DRASTIC?

 

Locked down in Toronto with the world at a standstill, Dewar pored over newspapers and magazines, preprints and peer-reviewed journals, email chains and blacked-out responses to access to information requests; she conducted Zoom interviews and called telephone numbers until someone answered as she hunted down the truth of the virus’s origin.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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