researchers really want to know

THE ESSENTIAL

  • The origin of the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic is still unknown
  • This pandemic is responsible to date for nearly 4 million deaths
  • Scientists call for more transparent investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 than previous investigations

In an open letter published exclusively in Le Figaro, researchers from many countries including France are calling for a real investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 which has caused the Covid pandemic responsible to date for nearly four million dead in the world. Virus present in bats and transmitted to humans directly or by an intermediate host, laboratory accident, natural virus or to which manipulations would have brought a gain of function? Despite some assertions going more in the direction of animal origin and supposed to rule out the thesis of a pathogen escaped from a laboratory, NOTHING is known about the real source of the coronavirus which plunged the world into a health crisis of a scale never seen before.

Enough to fuel all hypotheses, including the most Manichean, but above all enough to leave many scientists unsatisfied! So they are little thirty to take the pen to ask for an investigation worthy of the name, “if possible with the participation of the Chinese government“. They are not satisfied with the conclusions of the work carried out in February 2021 as part of a WHO investigation following which the Chinese government claimed that the origin of the virus was … beyond the borders. from this country. “Measures taken by the Chinese government to cover up the traces and prevent Chinese experts from sharing certain essential information show that the current process has no possibility of setting up a full and credible investigation into all possible scenarios.“, underline the signatories of the letter published by Le Figaro.

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A call to leaders around the world

By insisting that not knowing the origins of a pandemic “poses unnecessary risks to everyone and future generations“, they call “leaders around the world“to choose between two options to guarantee”as complete an investigation as possible “. First option, the one which supposes cooperation from China and which should “be based on an explicit mandate to fully investigate all plausible original hypotheses“, the scientists knowingly citing among the theses to be investigated that of”the research accident“. This option should, according to them, be based on”a multidisciplinary team of international experts” out of “any conflict of interest or unwarranted bias“and having the means to”conduct a full scientific investigation, with access to all files, open to interviews with Chinese experts without supervision or control (by their) government“and allowing”sharing of collected data“, all of this “within an inflexible period of 2 months after acceptance by the Chinese authorities and the start (of the work) in the field“.

Secure whistleblowers

Second option, the one to adopt “if the Chinese authorities did not allow this type of investigation“: it would then be necessary, according to the signatory scientists, that”groups of nations co-ordinating around an organization or other mechanism set up an alternative survey based on science and data“. Concretely, this would require, according to them,”testing of hospital and environmental samples to better understand the emergence and spread of SQARS-CoV-2, an assessment of the animal trade in Southeast Asia and China, a detailed analysis of all known coronaviruses, an assessment of the main characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 and the current weight of evidence in favor of each scenario“. But the researchers add other conditions which clearly show the mistrust they continue to have as to the ability of the Chinese but also of those involved in the work of the Wuhan Institute of Virology to accept transparent research into origins. virus. In addition to “l” acquisition of documents and data from North American and European partners of the Wuhan laboratory“, they wish “a secure program for whistleblowers to safely share information from China and abroad and review forensic evidence gathered by intelligence agencies“and, of course,” le refusal to grant the Chinese government a possible right of veto“.

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For the signatories of this open letter, “a thorough investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 will (thus) always remain possible and should be continued for the common good“.