Leading US scientist accused of helping Wuhan lab tackle virus leak issues Source: Wikicommons Ureem2805
A top US scientist, who had worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) lab, has been accused of helping the organization counter concerns he may have been behind the outbreak. virus leakage.
The WIV, in Wuhan, was believed by many to be the source of Covid-19 that led to the pandemic and global lockdowns.
According to recently published emails that have been seen by the new site The old timesshow that American scientist James LeDuc’s efforts included providing a list of questions to answer when dealing with outside concerns.
The emails were recently released as part of Texas Public Information Act requests made by U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit focused on food and public health issues, and Judicial Watch, a research organization. non-profit government monitoring.
The two organizations say they paint a picture of how prominent American scientists publicly and privately came to the defense of their WIV colleagues early in the pandemic.
LeDuc, then director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), and his colleagues embarked on a concerted effort to strengthen their partnership with the Wuhan Institute.
Those efforts have reportedly continued, even as lab scrutiny and criticism of the Chinese government’s handling of the outbreak have intensified.
One of the emails was titled “Rubio” in reference to US Senator Marco Rubio. It read, “I heard someone in government say tonight that Senator Rubio was starting to push for an AN investigation regarding the Wuhan lab.”
He continued: “I just found it on the web at Forbes by Kenneth Repoza. The title of article is “eight senators call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus”.
The Duke replied: “Thanks for the warning. Clearly the topic of the day. Time to stack up and find a scapegoat.
This email has been forwarded to Shi Zhenglia top WIV scientist dubbed “Bat Woman” for her research related to bat coronaviruses, warning him of the investigation.
David Franz, former commandant of the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases and a retired colonel, is the man who sent the email. He and Le Duc have had years of contact with the WIV, the establishment at the center of speculation over whether the virus may have emerged from it.
In the email, LeDuc wrote that he hoped Shi had “survived all the drama of COVID-19” and asked for a phone call “very soon.”
On April 18, she responded, saying, “Due to the complicated situation, I don’t think it’s the right time to communicate by call. What I can tell you is that this virus is not leaky [sic] from our laboratory or any other laboratory. It’s a shame to make this scientific question so complicated.
The UTMB disputed these claims, stating in an email to The Epoch Times, “LNG has never collaborated with WIV on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research – and like the documents themselves demonstrate, Chinese scientists were unfortunately unwilling to collaborate in fighting the disease.”
But the emails suggest the scientists did in fact contact the Wuhan lab, with De Luc writing to colleagues in February 2020: “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Dr Shi, and I do not no doubt about her or her colleagues.
“I just think we need to aggressively respond to these rumors and alleged false accusations quickly and provide definitive and honest information to counter misinformation. If there are any weaknesses in your program, now is the time to admit them and have them corrected.
“I hope you will accept my suggestions in the spirit of a friend trying to help another during a very difficult time.”
The support came at a critical time for the Wuhan lab and China, with the eyes of the world focused on the lab as a possible culprit. Although the lab denied being the source, WHO investigators never gained unfettered access from the Chinese government.
The information only came to light after President Joe Biden intervened, authorizing the release of documents relating to the Wuhan lab investigation and the origins of the virus.
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