I have thought from the beginning that there’s a plausible case China deliberately loosed the virus on the world.
The premise that they did not, is faulty: Namely, that they would not kill so many of their people, and their allies’ people.
They would, and they have.
Ask Mao--and Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler and the perpetrators of African genocide.
They are pragmatists, so “whatever works.”
Whether ground zero was their bio-warfare labs or the wet markets, both were under government control, as they were in previous epi- and pan-demics.
No American (or anyone else) should have been unaware about the Chinese Communists since the early 1900s, following the failure of the Sun Yat Sen revolution.
Personally, I learned enough about them as Chief Order of Battle Analyst (CCF) in Korea in the mid-fifties.
We have met the enemy, and he is us. (Quote attributed to comic strip character, Pogo).