Top-level scientists and government doctors in the United States suggested that COVID-19 could have originated from human activities, with one asking if it may have been deliberately engineered, according to the Daily Mail.
The emails were obtained via the freedom of information act (FOIA), and detail communications between University of North Carolina epidemiologist Ralph Baric – whose team created chimeric viruses in collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Baric has admitted that viruses can be made without any signs of manipulation.
The epidemiologist joined discussions among a group of experts in Government and universities brought together by an official at the US Department of Homeland Security after reports of a strange new respiratory virus killing people in Wuhan.
The chain of correspondence was given the jocular subject tag of Red Dawn. On February 10 – the day one official wrote that China had stopped including its asymptomatic cases in data, thus making it appear to the world that its outbreak was slowing – they were joined by Mark Keim, a former White House adviser on disaster prevention.
He offered the group – which included the senior medical officer in the department’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office – a nine-point list of ‘situational assumptions’ that began by clearly stating: ‘The novel virus could be anthropogenic rather than zoonotic.’ –Daily Mail
“We know that both anthropogenic and zoonotic pathogens exist,” Keim told the Mail, adding that while most epidemics are zoonotic (animal origin) in nature, scientists should only eliminate theories – such as the lab hypothesis – based on firm evidence. “We have to be careful about making assumptions that have no proof,” he added.
In a March 5 email, another participant “suggested this is engineered,” referring to COVID-19, to which Baric – who manipulated viruses with the Wuhan scientists – responded firmly, saying “There is absolutely no evidence that this virus is bio-engineered.”
Meanwhile, scientists at the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine changed a draft of a White House report to exclude a footnote saying ‘this does not preclude an unintentional release from a laboratory studying the evolution of coronaviruses.’
“If you start weighing evidence,