Let me attempt this one. When Tom speaks, he speaks from his personal experience. I sometimes find some issues with what he says but mostly not a lot. I guess we just got to accept the fact that Tom is just another human being and he's not perfect and he doesn't know everything about everything. Maybe a vegan diet is one of HIS beliefs and he doesn't realise it. Back in 2015, I emailed Tom and asked if he knows he's holding any beliefs he would like to change. His reply was that he wouldn't know because otherwise it would be an oxymoron.
That's my conclusion too.
Hope the above helps. I presume you were born in 1984?
Regarding Covid19: Yes, it's a new strain of corona family of viruses, it's not new in the sense it's totally alien genetic material and therefore we have no clue about it. When Tom makes an extraordinary claim like the global response to this virus is a sign of human evolution, then it requires extraordinary evidence. Because mostly we're seeing behavior derived out of fear and involution.
Corona virus is not a completely new virus but we currently don't have a vaccine against it. Don't think it's been studied as much. Unlike many other viruses such as rabies, pox, influenza and many others that already have a working vaccine. It would be much much scarier if it was a completely new virus. I'm not sure what's your background. I have a veterinary science background, so I did spend some time studying zoonoses and virology and etc. I guess scientists could have started studying the corona virus after the SARS I epidemic in China and the MERS virus outbreak but they didn't. Guess there wasn't much money involved.
I have to give credit to that there's been kinda of an international collaboration and cooperation that's never happened before. 1) When China first isolated the virus, it sent the sample to Germany and had the virus genome decoded and shared it with the rest of the world. 2) WHO gave updates and advice on the virus. No matter how unreliable the information was, gotta give it credit for first try. 3) There are international websites that track the virus no. so people all around the world can get information on the current status 4) Medical U-tube channels are sharing their understanding, experiences on the front line and research on the virus with those who are interested in watching (don't think this has ever happened before. 5) When Italy was very severely struck by the virus, China sent a medical team to Italy to help. China also sent many medical teams to other European nations to pass on its experience. But due to the cultural difference, many things were harder to practice in Western countries.
All in all, despite many holes and short comings and down falls, I think this is not a bad first attempt for humanity to work together.
I see you do quite a lot of critical thinking and can be quite critical. You sound like an INTJ.
Hope the above has helped you see some positivity in humanity.