AGI – New twist in the yellow on the origins of the coronavirus. It was January 31, 2020, and a leading infectious disease expert, Kristian Andersen (professor at the Scripps Research Institute), was analyzing the genetic characteristics of the newly emerged Sars-CoV virus. “Some features seem (potentially) constructed”, writes Andersen in an email to Anthony Fauci, reporting that he and other scientists have found “inconsistencies in the genome compared to those predicted in line with evolutionary theory”. And he adds: “We have to analyze it more carefully, there are further investigations that need to be done, because these options can always change”. In fact they changed.
But let’s go in order. Andersen’s January 31 email is one of over 3,200 published by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed, obtained by resorting to the Freedom of Information Act (Foia), the law that in America – for some years has also existed in Italy – allows anyone to access the documents of federal agencies even if partially censored.
Fauci has always claimed (until a few weeks ago when he did not rule out that the virus may have escaped from a laboratory) the natural origin of Covid-19. Andersen’s email demonstrates how Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases (Niaid), knew from the beginning of the serious suspicions of the experts on the possibility of a manipulated virus and escaped the researchers of the Wuhan laboratory where everything is started.
It is not clear why he did not immediately ask for an independent investigation and why Andersen himself, only 4 days after the email of January 31, 2020, radically changed his mind, defining “crazy theories“those of a Covid.-19 born in a test tube.” Built can mean many things, it can be done for basic research or for nefarious purposes, but the data conclusively shows that neither of these two things have been done, “he writes the scientist in a comment on a letter from the ‘National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine “then cited by the prestigious medical journal Lancet as an argument against the theories on an” artificial “origin of the pandemic.
The questions multiply. What happened in those four days? Why did Andersen and his other colleagues suddenly become so peremptory about the natural origin of the virus? Conservatives cry out for a conspiracy, consider Andersen’s emails ‘the smoking gun’.
For Anthony Fauci, the storm unleashed by the Republicans in the wake of those emails “is an attack on science”. “It is what it is.” I am a public figure, I take the stabs and the lashes. My job was to produce the vaccine, using my institute and these talented scientists that we have, funding various universities to get a vaccine that it was safe and highly effective. We were successful. Everything else is a terrible, unfortunate distraction. It’s all nonsense, “he comments on MSNBC.
The emails don’t prove the virus escaped Wuhan, but they fuel questions about the why this hypothesis was so hastily set aside. “The question is extremely legitimate – answers Fauci – but what is happening is that I have become the object of incredible and in my opinion inappropriate, distorted, misleading and vehement attacks against me”.
Some very loyal Republicans of Donald Trump like Senator Josh Hawley they are demanding Fauci’s resignation. President Joe Biden stands up in his defense and confirms that he has “a lot of faith” in the virologist of Italian origin. Fauci (now) believes it is important to verify the origin of Covid to avert a new pandemic, Biden puts the 007s to work and asks for an independent international investigation. And Andersen apparently changes his mind again: “We seriously consider a possibility of escape from a laboratory,” he tweets, “significant new data, extensive analysis and much discussion led to the conclusions of our research. What the emails show, is a clear example of how the scientific process works “.
There is another email sent to Fauci, dated April 18, 2020, which caught the attention of his detractors. It is signed by Peter Daszak, zoologist and president of EcoHealth Alliance, a research group partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and one of the most critical of the test-tube origin of Covid. Daszak writes to Fauci: “I just want to send you my personal thanks and on behalf of our staff and collaborators for publicly declaring that there is scientific evidence in favor of a natural origin of Covid-19, with a transition from bat to man, and not with an escape from the Wuhan Institute “.
Daszak was a member of the World Health Organization delegation sent to China to investigate the origins of the pandemic, before coming removed for an obvious conflict of interest. “From my point of view, his comments are courageous and since they come from his heard voice, they will help dispel the myths about the origins of the virus”, always writes Daszak to Fauci, who thanks him cordially the next day.
A document released by the State Department last January, in the last days of Donald Trump as president, speaks of “circumstantial evidence” on an escape from the Wuhan laboratory where secret virus experiments were underway (to make them more contagious to humans) for military purposes.
Wuhan laboratory director Shi Zhengli, also known as the “Bat Lady”, he has always denied working for Beijing intelligence. Fauci insists that the natural origin of the coronavirus is more likely. There is a third theory, which could all agree. Some experts argue that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have missed the bat virus they were studying, that is to say that Covid has a natural origin, but also that it escaped from the laboratory. “It is easy to obtain confirmations, or verifications for any theory – said Karl Popper – if what we are looking for are indeed confirmations”. In less than 90 days, at the end of the investigation ordered by Biden, perhaps we could find out more.