The lab leak theory, which has gained traction over the course of the pandemic in regards to where it originated, has new evidence that may back up its basis. According to The Spectator, In September, a team of French and Laotian scientists discovered a virus closely related to SARS-CoV‑2, in a horseshoe bat living in a cave in the Laotian province of Vientiane. While other viruses have been discovered in Asian countries neighboring China, as well as China itself, Banal-52 has proven to be the most genetically similar to the virus that caused the pandemic.RaTG13, the human SARS-CoV‑2 virus, was collected in southern Yunnan in 2013, and was stored in a freezer in Wuhan.

“RaTG13, which had been stored for six years in a freezer in a lab in Wuhan itself, is genetically 96.1 percent the same as SARS-CoV‑2; Laos’s Banal-52 is 96.8 percent,” according to The Spectator. While the discovery of this similar virus began to poke holes in the lab leak theory and began to point to the pandemic as a natural spillover event, numerous emails uncovered by a lawsuit from the so-called White Coat Waste Project revealed more information that once again backed the lab leak theory.“They comprised an exchange between the American virus-hunting fou …