In the Mail, Prof. Angus Dalgleish, a co-author of a scientific paper on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, claims that the virus is incompatible with natural evolution and urges the Covid Inquiry to focus on uncovering the truth behind the virus’s origin. Here’s an excerpt:
The phrase is straight out of Yes Minister. Michael Gove’s evidence to the Covid Inquiry on Tuesday was cut off for straying into what a smooth-talking Government lawyer deemed “a somewhat divisive issue”.
Gove, a Cabinet minister for most of the past 13 years, ventured to state that “there is a significant body of judgment that believes that the virus itself was man-made”. …
As Yes Minister’s Sir Humphrey might put it, the Secretary of State apparently forgot what it was he wasn’t supposed to know. In fact, what Gove called the “significant body of judgment” is overwhelming.
Chinese molecular biologists took a coronavirus that occurs naturally in bats and altered its genes – to an extent that cannot occur naturally – so as to make it exceptionally contagious in humans.
Any notion that this novel coronavirus arose from contaminated bat meat sold in the wet market at Wuhan is a fairytale for the credulous, a juvenile explanation that insults the intelligence of every serious virologist.
The Chinese are to blame for the Covid pandemic and the deaths (estimated at seven million globally) and long-term illnesses it caused, as well as the incalculable damage to the world’s economy – to the extent that it would not be inappropriate for nations to demand substantial reparations from Beijing.
The mere fact that this disease arose in the same city as the Wuhan Institute of Biology, China’s premier top-level ‘biosafety’ laboratory, should be enough to make any investigator suspicious.
Yet shamefully, the Covid Inquiry lawyer Hugo Keith KC slapped down Mr. Gove for even beginning to approach the subject.
Gove’s point ought to be central to the Inquiry. He was admitting that the Government was “not as well prepared as we should have been” because “the virus was novel”. In other words, the medical establishment was blindsided. This virus was unprecedented because it was in part created by man.
All this I can say with certainty because I was the co-author of a scientific paper that first made Government officials aware of the facts, in March 2020. …
In SARS-CoV-2, we have a wildly contagious virus that mirrors man-made genetic mutations previously produced by scientists. And all of this happens in a city where China’s foremost virus research labs are based, with some specialising in coronaviruses isolated from bats found in caves many hundreds of miles away from the city.
Michael Gove was warned not to speak of this because it was a “somewhat divisive issue”. The only division, as far as I can see, is between the blatantly obvious and the wilfully blind.
If the Covid Inquiry was genuinely interested in discovering the truth behind the pandemic, the origin of this novel virus – and its intriguing genetic specificity – would be its main focus.
Worth reading in full.