“Do you believe in this series of coincidences?” Scientists’ emails about the coronavirus have been leaked

Jeremy Farrar, British infectious disease scientist and director of the Wellcome Trust, wrote in an email on February 2, 2020 that “likely explanation” The origin of the coronavirus is that it has rapidly evolved from a SARS-like virus inside human tissue in a low-security laboratory. He continued that such an evolution could “accidentally create a virus that is prepared to move quickly between people”. The addressees of this e-mail were the chief medical advisor to the US president Dr. Anthony Fauci and the then director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Francis Collins.

“He couldn’t have evolved naturally”

Farrar wrote in an e-mail that other scientists also believed that the virus could not have evolved naturally. One of them was prof. Mike Farzan of Scripps Research, an expert who discovered how the primary SARS virus binds to human cells. Scientists were particularly concerned part of the coronavirus called the furin fission site, part spike proteinswhich helps the virus enter cells and makes it so infectious to humans.

“Farzan is concerned about the furin (fission) site and has difficulty explaining this as an out-of-lab event, although there are possible ways in nature, but very unlikely. the circumstances of what you know about laboratory in WuhanHow much can there be in nature – accidental release or natural event? I rate it at 70:30 or 60:40 ” Farrar wrote, summing up Farzan’s concerns in an email.

Subsequent news revealed that by February 4, Farrar had revised the laboratory leak probability rating to 50:50, while prof. Eddie Holmes from the University of Sydney estimated the possibility of accidental virus release at 60%.

“I can’t imagine how it would be possible in nature”

The e-mails show that other scientists were also not convinced that SARS-CoV-2 arose naturally. “I just can’t imagine what it would be like in nature” – said Bob Garry of the University of Texas. Prof. Andrew Rambaut from the University of Edinburgh wrote that furin fission site “strikes me as extraordinary”. “I think the only people with enough information or access to samples to do this would be the teams working in Wuhan.” – added.

The e-mails were sent in response to a teleconference between 12 scientists, including the UK government’s chief science advisor, Patrick Vallance, which took place on February 1, 2020. As the Daily Telegraph writes, they show that as early as February 2 scientists were trying to close the debate on the theory of laboratory leakage.

Dr. Ron Fouchier he wrote to Farrar: “Further debate on such accusations would unnecessarily distract the best scientists from their day-to-day responsibilities and do unnecessary damage to science in general, and science in China in particular.”.

Dr. Collinsthen director of the NIH replied to Farrar: “I share your view that experts need to be summoned quickly in a trust-building format or else conspiracy theories will quickly become dominant, potentially doing great harm to science and international consensus.”.

As the Daily Telegraph points out, the institutions that had the e-mails repeatedly refused to publish their content. The University of Edinburgh recently rejected a request for access to Prof. Rambaut, arguing that “disclosure of (their) could endanger the physical or mental health and safety of persons”.

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