Covid lab leak theory silenced

Likely that Covid accidentally leaked from a laboratory

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Lab leak likely: The Telegraph reports online last night that leading British and US scientists thought it was likely that Covid accidentally leaked from a laboratory but were concerned that further debate would harm science in China, emails show.

An email from Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, on February 2 2020 said that “a likely explanation” was that Covid had rapidly evolved from a Sars-like virus inside human tissue in a low-security lab. The email, to Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Francis Collins of the US National Institutes of Health, went on to say that such evolution may have “accidentally created a virus primed for rapid transmission between humans”.

But a leading scientist told Sir Jeremy that “further debate would do unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular”. Dr Collins, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, warned it could damage “international harmony”.

Viscount Ridley, co-author of Viral: the search for the origin of Covid, said: “These emails show a lamentable lack of openness and transparency among Western scientists who appear to have been more interested in shutting down a hypothesis they thought was very plausible, for political reasons.”

In the emails, Sir Jeremy said that other scientists also believed the virus could not have evolved naturally. One such scientist was Professor Mike Farzan, of Scripps Research, the expert who discovered how the original Sars virus binds to human cells.

Scientists were particularly concerned by a part of Covid-19 called the furin cleavage site, a section of the spike protein which helps it enter cells and makes it so infectious to humans.

Summarising Professor Farzan’s concerns in an email, Sir Jeremy said: “He is bothered by the furin site and has a hard time (to) explain that as an event outside the lab, though there are possible ways in nature but highly unlikely.

“I think this becomes a question of how do you put all this together, whether you believe in this series of coincidences, what you know of the lab in Wuhan, how much could be in nature – accidental release or natural event? I am 70:30 or 60:40.”

Later emails showed that by February 4, Sir Jeremy had revised his estimate of a laboratory leak to 50:50, while Professor Eddie Holmes, of the University of Sydney, gave a 60:40 estimate in favour of an accidental release.

The emails also show that Bob Garry, of the University of Texas, was unconvinced that Covid-19 emerged naturally. “I just can’t figure out how this gets accomplished in nature,” he said.

Professor Andrew Rambaut, from the University of Edinburgh, also said that furin cleavage site “strikes me as unusual”. He added: “I think the only people with sufficient information or access to samples to address it would be the teams working in Wuhan.”

The new details came to light after members of the US Republican House Oversight Committee were granted access to the documents, after complaining that their content had been heavily redacted when released under Freedom of Information requests.

The emails were sent in response to a teleconference between 12 scientists including Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, on February 1. The emails show that by February 2 2020, scientists were already trying to shut down the debate into the laboratory leak theory.

An email from Dr Ron Fouchier to Sir Jeremy said: “Further debate about such accusations would unnecessarily distract top researchers from their active duties and do unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular.”

Dr Collins, former director of the NIH, replied to Sir Jeremy stating: “I share your view that a swift convening of experts in a confidence-inspiring framework is needed or the voices of conspiracy will quickly dominate, doing great potential harm to science and international harmony.”

Institutions that held the emails have repeatedly resisted efforts to publish their content. 

The University of Edinburgh recently turned down a Freedom of Information request from The Telegraph asking to see Prof Rambaut’s replies, claiming “disclosure would be likely to endanger the physical or mental health and safety of individuals”.

James Comer, the Republican congressman who secured the unredacted emails, said it showed that experts like Dr Fauci had taken the Wuhan lab leak theory “much more seriously” than they had let on. 

Sir Jeremy has been approached for comment but had not replied at the time of publication.

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4 thoughts on “Covid lab leak theory silenced”

  1. I watched a YouTube video by Sharri Markson an Australian journalist who with her team of investigators had carried out extensive research into this with many interviews. I am currently reading her book “What really happened in Wuhan” which makes for interesting and scary reading. I have NO association with this fine investigative journalist, just a curious person.

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  2. Before one of the usual suspects launches an attack on big pharma, China or scientists:

    The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation focused on health research based in London, in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Henry Wellcome (founder of one of the predecessors of GlaxoSmithKline

    It has been reported that the Wellcome Trust has billions of investments on companies which contribute to the problems the philanthropy wants to solve. Also in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been revealed that the trust has investments with pharmaceutical companies, which means it should gain financially from the pandemic.

    Source: WIKIPEDIA

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  3. Those f*&king pesky conspiracy theorists were bloody right all along, who would have thought it
    Have you seen how close together Fauci’s eyes are?

    The NIH has a lot to answer for along with those vested interests, I am now quite certain that the NIH and all their conspirators are currently shitting bricks to say the least

    Someone let Senator Rand know to warm up the C10’s and make space in Guantanamo, there will be plenty of new residents arriving

    What a truly sad state of affairs, how many people have been royally mind f^&cked by this plandemic orchestrated by this inhumane Cabal
    Now you have millions of cobias unable to obtain restitution and must suffer the inevitable consequences forced upon them by the headless political puppets

    Follow the money

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    • Are you saying that Big Pharma was not behind all this?
      And what about 5G? And the Bill Gates micro chips in the vaccins?

      Senator Rand, oh dear – why not mention those other freedom fighters, such as Bolsanaro, Trump, Loekasjenko, Susan.
      And no comments about Fauci being jewish, really, you only dislike his eyes? Not the nose?

      I know, I should not be making fun of fools like you, but I am only human, temptation temptation, temptation.

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