Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart
believes the coronavirus pandemic
began in a laboratory in Wuhan
“I honestly mean this: I believe we owe a great debt of gratitude to science
,” Stewart said on Stephen Colbert
’s “Late Show” on Monday night. “Science has in many ways helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.”
Colbert wondered if this meant the virus could have begun in a laboratory.
“Oh my God, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China. What do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab,” Stewart responded.
Stewart compared the outbreak to a chocolate accident near a chocolate factory, calling it "a little too strange" that it began in the same city as a lab studying these types of viruses.
“Oh my God! There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania
. What do you think happened?” he inquired. “Oh, I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel made it with a cocoa bean, or it’s the fucking chocolate factory!”
Stewart also cautioned against dismissing it as a conspiracy theory
, claiming that scientists "do not know when to stop."
“Can I say something about scientists?” he asked later in the segment. “I love them, and they do such good work
, but they are going to kill us all.”
Stewart used the atomic bomb as an example.
“If you cut the atom this way, it can power the world with electricity; if you cut it that way, it can blow everything up,” he explained, “guess which one we tried first? That's just who we are.”
Stewart even predicted that the world would end as a result of a scientific experiment.
“The last words a man utters are somewhere in a lab, a guy goes, 'Huhuh! It worked,'” he explained.
The Wall Street Journal
reported last month that three researchers in Wuhan had become sick with coronavirus-like symptoms in November 2019, a month before the first documented cases, reviving the “lab leak theory.” Dr. Anthony Fauci
also said last month that he was “not convinced” the virus developed naturally.
Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist who works at the lab, has denied that the virus escaped.
“I'm not sure how the world has come to this, constantly pouring filth on an innocent scientist,” she told The New York Times
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