A group of the world’s top virologists held secretive private discussions in February 2020 on “all theories” of the origins of COVID-19 days after they began drafting an influential article that would attempt to debunk the lab-leak theory, newly reported emails reveal.
The group was led by Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar and University of Sydney virologist Edward Holmes. Members of these discussions included then-National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and the U.S. government’s top pandemic spokesman, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A Freedom of Information Act request by U.S. Right to Know reveals that their discussions on the pandemic’s origins continued on Feb. 7, 2020, three days after an article purporting to show the virus “is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus” was drafted and a week after a previously reported conference call on Feb. 1.
“Eddie Holmes and a small group have been looking extensively at the origins and evolution of n-CoV including all theories,” Farrar wrote to National Academy of Medicine President Victor Dzau on Feb. 8, 2020, using an abbreviation for “novel coronavirus” in reference to the emerging SARS-Cov-2 virus.
“This is the latest summary, written as part of a series of [teleconference] discussions we set up and included [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci] and [National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins] as well as a small group from USA, UK, Europe and Australia,” Farrar wrote.
The records obtained by U.S. Right to Know included six pages of notes from the Feb. 7 discussion, but the material is fully redacted . u201cHereu2019s the email from @JeremyFarrar to @VictorDzau and @edwardcholmes with the Feb. 2020 summary of the virologistsu2019 conclave with Tony Fauci and Francis Collins on the origins of Covid-19. All six pages of the summary are redacted. https://t.co/BXTg7XAEUBu201d — Gary Ruskin […]
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