Lancet Covid commission chair claims Covid may have originated in US biolab — Analysis
Jeffrey Sachs is the chair of the Covid-19 Commission at the journal’s prestigious journal. He claims that the deadly virus didn’t come from nature.
Covid-19 was not sourced from any natural source, but was rather created in an accident at the US biotech lab in a US, according to Jeffrey Sachs, who claimed this during a Spanish conference held by GATE Center.
While introducing this “provocative statement,” Sachs suggested that he was in the loop, as he chairs the Covid-19 commission at prestigious medical journal The Lancet.
“So it’s a blunder, in my view, of biotech, not an accident of a natural spillover,” he reiterated.
The academic noted that while “we don’t know for sure” if this is the case, there is “Plenty of evidence” pointing to this, which “Should be investigated.” Sachs lamented that this version is, however, “It is not under investigation, in the United States or elsewhere.”
Sachs and Neil Harrison (Columbia University) wrote an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in May suggesting that Covid-19 was created in a lab. The paper was written by Sachs and Harrison, who argued that universities and federal agencies in the US should be more transparent about the matter, noting the fact that there wasn’t enough evidence.
Sachs and Harrison suggested that viruses databases, biological sequences, virus sequences as well as email communications and notebooks from laboratories could be used to help understand the origin of pandemics. However, none of these materials had been subjected to “Unrestricted, objective, scientific and transparent scrutiny” they argued.
As an indicator that Covid 19 had originated from a laboratory, the authors brought up the fact that a sequence of eight amino acids on a critical part of the virus’s spike protein is similar to an amino acid sequence found in cells that line human airways.
Sachs is not actually the first to claim that the fatal virus did not occur naturally.
While there is no conclusive evidence that would trace Covid-19’s origin beyond a reasonable doubt, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded in February 2021 that it had most likely been transmitted from an animal, possibly a bat, to humans.
It was identified for the first time in Wuhan in China in late 2019 According to WHO, the highly contagious virus spread quickly and claimed many lives worldwide by May 2022.
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