Liberty Journal

Emails Reveal Scientists believed COVID ‘lab leak’ theory but wanted to keep ‘international harmony’

So they lied.

Emails recently released have revealed that scientists in Britain and the United States thought that the lab leak theory regarding COVID-19’s origins was likely, but were concerned that debate on such theory could cause damage to science both globally, and within China.

New details regarding scientists’ stance on the lab leak theory, which theorizes that the COVID-19 virus leaked from a. Laboratory in China, came to light after members of the US Republican House Oversight Committee were granted access to the email documents, after complaining that the content of the emails had been heavily redacted when released under Freedom of Information requests, according to The Telegraph.

The emails were sent in response to a teleconference that occurred between 12 scientists, including the UK Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance on February 1.
On February 2, 2020, Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, sent an email that said “a likely explanation” was that Covid had rapidly evolved from a Sars-like virus inside human tissue in a low-security lab.

The email, sent to Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, continued on to state that such an evolution in the virus may have “accidentally created a virus primed for rapid transmission between humans.”
Despite these concerns, a leading scientist told Farrar that “further debate would do unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular.”