Head of Lancet Covid-19 board: Coronavirus might have come from US lab
Jeffrey Sachs believes that there is "enough evidence" that made him reach this conclusion, which "should be looked into."
Economist and author Jeffrey Sachs, speaking at a conference hosted by Spanish think tank GATE center, divulged that COVID-19 did not come from a natural reservoir, but rather "out of US lab biotechnology" by accident.
Sachs, who also chairs the COVID-19 commission at a renowned medical journal, The Lancet, said that he was in the loop: "It’s a blunder, in my view, of biotech, not an accident of a natural spillover.”
He said that while he does not know for sure if this was the case, there is "enough evidence" that could make this conclusion, which "should be looked into."
The renowned economist expressed disappointment that the narrative is not being looked into, "not in the United States, not anywhere."
Neil Harrison, a Columbia University professor of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics, along with Sachs, wrote an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where they suggested that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory. The two academics demanded greater transparency from US federal agencies and research facilities, including universities, as a lot of evidence was not provided.
The origin of the pandemic can be traced through Virus databases, biological samples, viral sequences, email communications, and laboratory notebooks - however, all of these sources have been subjected to “independent, transparent, and scientific scrutiny."
According to the authors, a sequence of eight amino acids on the virus' spike protein is similar to an amino acid sequence found in cells that line human airways.
US biolabs, very recently, have been exposed to be spread throughout the world, with Ukraine being a hotspot for over 30 US-funded biological weapon laboratories, which have been working on deadly specimens of African swine fever and anthrax.
In March, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, "Documentation was received from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories on the emergency destruction of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera, and other deadly diseases on February 24. The emergency destruction of especially dangerous pathogens on February 24 was required to prevent the disclosure of facts of violations by Ukraine and the United States of Article I of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)."