Leaked scientists’ emails claim Covid was created in a Wuhan lab

According to the leaked email, some experts believe that Kovid-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, China.

The email claims that the scientists talked about the theory but were afraid to come forward publicly.

According to To expressThe information was not released as scientists feared that the news would ruin the country’s reputation.

Top British and American scientists who discussed the idea said it was highly likely that the coronavirus was accidentally leaked from a laboratory in the Chinese city.

On February 2, 2020, an email from Wellcome Trust director Sir Jeremy Farrar stated that “a possible explanation” was that COVID evolved rapidly from a siren-like virus inside human tissue in a low-security laboratory.

In an email to Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Francis Collins of the US National Institutes of Health, such developments “accidentally made a virus primed for rapid transmission between humans”.

But a leading scientist told Sir Jeremy that “further debate will cause unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular.”

Dr Collins, former director of the US National Institutes of Health, warned that it could harm “international harmony”.

Viscount Ridley, co-author of Viral: Discovering the Origins of Covid, said: ‚ÄúThese emails reflect a lack of openness and transparency among Western scientists, who are more interested in closing a hypothesis than they thought was possible. It was very much appreciated. For political reasons.”

In the email, Sir Jeremy said other scientists also believed the virus could not have evolved naturally.

One such scientist was Scripps Research Professor Mike Farzan, the expert who discovered how the original SARS virus attaches to human cells.

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

Summarizing Professor Farzan’s concerns in an email, Sir Jeremy said: “He is perplexed by the furin site and has difficulty explaining that as a phenomenon outside the laboratory, although there are possible modes in nature, its Highly unlikely.”

He continued: “I think it becomes a question of how do you put all this together, do you believe in this chain of coincidences, what do you know about the laboratory in Wuhan, how much is in nature.” Maybe – accidental release or natural event? I’m 70:30 or 60:40.”

Subsequent emails revealed that by 4 February, Sir Jeremy had revised his estimate of the laboratory leak to 50:50, while Professor Eddie Holmes of the University of Sydney had given an estimate of 60:40 in favor of an accidental release.

The email also shows that Bob Gary of the University of Texas did not agree that COVID-19 emerged naturally.

He added: “I just can’t figure out how this is accomplished in nature.”

Professor Andrew Rambout from the University of Edinburgh also said that the furin cleavage site “impresses me as unusual”.

He added: “I think the only people with enough information or access to samples to address this would be the teams working in Wuhan.”

Further emails show that as of February 2, 2020, scientists were already trying to close the debate in the laboratory leak theory.

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

Dr Collins, former NIH director, responded to Sir Jeremy, saying: “I share your view that a rapid meeting of experts in a confidence-inspiring framework is needed or that the voices of conspiracy will quickly overpower science.” considerable potential harm and international harmony.”

Institutions holding emails have repeatedly resisted attempts to publish their content.

The University of Edinburgh recently turned down a Freedom of Information request from The Telegraph, asking it to look at Professor Rambut’s replies, which claimed that “disclosure endangers the physical or mental health and safety of individuals”. Will happen”.

A US intelligence review suggested that the COVID-19 virus originated from China. However, Beijing has strongly denied this report.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a statement that China strongly opposed the initial findings published in the summary report in August.

Mr Weinbin said: “How many times this report has been published and how many versions are fabricated, cannot completely change the nature of it being political and false.”

He said the fact intelligence agencies had been tapped in origin-tracing efforts was “enormous evidence” of politicization, and urged the US to “stop attacking and smearing China”.

In August, US President Joe Biden said China was withholding critical information on the origins of COVID-19, adding that Chinese officials had acted to block access to international investigators.

Although Mr Biden’s review was launched while the lab-leak theory gained momentum, reports said most agencies believed the virus was not genetically engineered.

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