There's been an ongoing effort to investigate the origins of COVID-19. The motivation is allegedly to prevent another pandemic from happening.
How does knowing how COVID-19 originated prevent another pandemic from happening? If COVID originated from a lab, then it's obvious, you can improve security protocols. But if it originated from a mutation, I don't see how it matters. After all, it's not like one can stop mutations from happening.
Here's an article in Pubmid with a section on why it matters, yet after reading it, I still don't understand why. It says things like "we can more aggressively surveil these [coronavirus hotspots] to learn more about the local viral ecology and identify initial human spillover events" and "We can also strengthen basic public health, including hygiene and sanitation, so that emerging viruses do not have a fertile field in which to amplify replication", but we can presumably already do these things without knowing how COVID-19 originated. Why, then, does it matter?
Related: Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal? which asks for political reasons that I'm not interested in.