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Folks, this tinfoil garbage just won't quit.
Look, I get it -- people love to find something to blame, and "oh, it was a bioweapon" is one of the common ones going around, along with "it's triggered by 5g!" (which is just flat-out horsecrap.)
The problem with bioweapons is that they're doomsday devices in that they have a 100% chance of scoring an "own goal." To prevent this you must first have a vaccine with 100% coverage on your side so your people don't get the bug, and that vaccine must have permanent immunity.
Let me repeat this for you just in case your IQ is smaller than your shoe size: There has never been a successful attempt to prevent the spread of a virus beyond some arbitrary line on a map. Ever. Even in the days of old before international commerce and easy air travel it never worked.
Second, if you were going to create a viral weapon the last thing you'd use is a coronavirus. Why? Because despite decades of trying there has never been a successful, durable vaccine for a coronavirus either, so the odds of scoring such an "own goal" are in fact 100%.
Coronaviruses not only infect people they infect animals. We have tried to create vaccines for animal husbandry and pet purposes on multiple occasions, and have failed every time to obtain permanent immunity. We have also wound up creating amplification effects by accident too; the poster child for this one was a feline "vaccine" that actually wound up amplifying the effects of the virus instead of attenuating or preventing infections! This is why, by the way, that there is no reason whatsoever to believe we will ever have a permanent vaccine; despite attempts in both animals and humans we've never succeeded before with this particular type of virus.
Now is it entirely possible -- even probable -- that this specific virus was an accidental release? Yep. In fact I'd say it's more likely than not. That's the "civil standard of proof", and it's present. Why? Because this virus behaves like an attenuated live virus, but not attenuated enough. For those who think that sort of idea is crazy I remind you that we've used that exact concept for decades with oral polio, and it works. So the theory that this was an accidental release from Wuhan's lab and they were working on a vaccine for SARS, for example, is not crazy. The only crazy part is that their odds of success were near zero in the first instance, but scientists try to find breakthroughs in things that appear to have a near-zero probability of success all the time.
But a bioweapon? Nope. There are plenty of candidate virus families to use for that sort of thing, if you're into attempting it.
Coronavirus isn't one of them.