What the article says:
After the first couple of days and Trump claiming that the virus was created in a Chinese Lab a group of virologists came out and said that the virus likely jumped from an animal host that would soon be identified
But: No such evidence has been discovered of any such animal host and lots of early evidence from the suspected market was lost when it was hosed down on orders of the Mayor and samples of the virus were mostly destroyed on orders of the government but this seems to be SOP in order to stop the spread of the virus. However there were hints that something hinky had gone on in the original lab.
But: Thus far there is no substantive evidence yet of a lab created virus
But: “But the Occam’s Razor argument — what’s the likeliest explanation, animal or lab? — keeps shifting in the direction of the latter (Lab based).”
A long and informed article. The author was the NYT writer on global health for 19 years and a reporter there for 45.
This was an interesting paragraph about the reemergence of the deadly H1N1 virus:
" …scientists now believe that the H1N1 seasonal flu that killed thousands every year from 1977 to 2009 was influenza research gone feral. The strain first appeared in eastern Russia in 1977 and its genes were initially identical to a 1950 strain; that could have happened only if it had been in a freezer for 27 years. It also initially behaved as if it had been deliberately attenuated, or weakened. So scientists suspect it was a Russian effort to make a vaccine against a possible return of the 1918 flu. And then, they theorize, the vaccine virus, insufficiently weakened, began spreading."