A letter from 40 scientists, first signatory Professor Silvio Garattini, dean of pharmacology, in defense and in support of Andrea Crisanti, investigated a Padova per defamation after that Company Zero (the operating arm of the Veneto region on health) sent a document to the judiciary. “If the complaint refers to the freedom of prof. Chrysants to publicly discuss his observations – it is written in the text – we believe that the same may constitute a dangerous precedent adverse to freedom of scientific research and we offer our support to Crisanti ”. “We do not know the exact terms of the complaint – explain the 40 scientists, some members of the Group 2023 – but, from what we learn, the center of the question would be the anticipation of results and the conclusions of a study by Professor Crisanti and his collaborators on the effectiveness of rapid tampons, made available in pre-print “.
A study in which the microbiologist from the University of Padua highlights how i test antigenici performed on samples collected in Veneto between September and October 2020 had “a high percentage (about 30%) of false negatives. In the same work, the authors point out that in Veneto, around that period, there was a significant increase in cases of Coronavirus infection, especially in Rsa“. “On this basis, Crisanti – they underline – has not recommended for use gods test antigenici as the high propensity of these to provide false negatives may have contributed to the spread of the virus. Crisanti’s thesis falls within the normal scientific practice of formulating a Working hypothesis and as such verifiable, or deniable, through further studies “. Among the signatories of the letter, in addition to Garattini, Giuseppe Mingione, Gabriele Ghisellini, Antonella Muraro, Gaetano By Chiara, Ugo Montanari.
During the day, however, the CEO of Azienda Zero Roberto Toniolo he had specified that “no complaint, no lawsuit and no complaint” had ever been filed. “Azienda Zero has exclusively prepared an information report sent to the Venice prosecutor”, Toniolo specified, explaining that the company, “in the face of press communications”, from “the beginning of the pandemic to today”, has made “a chronological reconstruction” , of the “decisions and activities carried out”.