More prominent scientific figures have thrown their weight behind calls for investigating the lab leak theory as the cause of the coronavirus pandemic, with some revealing they were previously ostracised for presenting research that suggested the scenario was realistic.
The Daily Mail reports that British vaccine researcher and professor of oncology Angus Dalgleish struggled to find a publisher for his paper suggesting the virus’s spike protein contains artificially inserted sequences.
The report notes that the professor “said the research was shunned by the scientific community, who did not want to threaten China or be seen to be agreeing with President Donald Trump — who was a big advocate for the theory the virus was leaked from a lab at the time.”
Dalgleish noted in an interview with the Times of London (paywall) that his research has led him to believe that “The changes [in the bat coronavirus] required to infect humans are extremely unlikely to have occurred naturally.”
“I was basically ostracised. I was fearful — really frightened by the way I was being treated. I was told I was not an expert on coronaviruses and I should just shut up,” the professor claimed.
He added that he and his research team “couldn’t believe people with whom we’d collaborated and published papers with in the past would shun us — I was warned I was out of my depth and I shouldn’t get into this and I’d make a fool of myself.”
In addition, yet more scientific figures have demanded that the lab leak theory be investigated, with professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge Ravi Gupta noting that the scenario has not been ‘adequately explored’.
Meanwhile Harvard epidemiologist Professor Marc Lipsitch asserted that the theory is not a ‘fringe position’, and “remains plausible enough that it should be looked into rigorously.”
Professor David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford University, also stated said the theory needs to be further investigated.
Relman said that “Ideally, an investigation would rely on an international consortium of scientists under the auspices of many national academies of science working in partnership, in collaboration with an international governance entity, the UN Secretary General’s Office, or something of that sort.”
In addition, the State Department official who was leading an investigation into the origin of COVID-19 before it was shut down by The Biden administration has revealed that his team found “almost no evidence” to support the claim that the virus emerged naturally.
Appearing on Fox News, David Asher said “We were finding that despite the claims of our scientific community, including the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Fauci’s NIAID organization, there was almost no evidence that supported a natural, zoonotic evolution or source of COVID-19.”
Asher continued, “The data disproportionately stacked up as we investigated that it was coming out of a lab or some supernatural source.”
Referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Asher said “That was the epicenter of synthetic biology in the People’s Republic of China, and they were up to some very hairy stuff with synthetic biology and so-called gain-of-function techniques.”
“To say this came out of a zoonotic situation, it’s ridiculous,” Asher urged.
As we reported yesterday, Joe Biden has now claimed that he tasked the Intelligence Community with looking into the origins of the outbreak in March, and has now again asked for a ‘redoubling’ of their efforts and a new report in 90 days.
A statement by Biden suggests that elements of the Intelligence Community believe the virus escaped the Wuhan lab, a fact that has been known for some time.