(Natural News) Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the academic journal The Lancet, refuses to tell if he still supports the cover-up letter published by the journal “debunking” the theory that the Wuhan coronavirus leaked from a Chinese laboratory.
Daily Mail asked Horton about his decision to publish and support the letter, amid recent reports encouraging further investigation into the so-called “lab-leak” theory. But he and his office declined to comment on the matter.
The letter, which appeared online in The Lancet in February last year, discredited the theory that the Wuhan coronavirus emerged from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Instead, the 27 medical experts who were named in the letter suggested that humans contracted the virus from wildlife.
The letter played a key role in quelling early debate on the virus’s origin, but its credibility had been questioned recently due to reports linking the Chinese research facility to Dr. Peter Daszak, head of the research organization EcoHealth Alliance and one of the letter’s 27 signatories.
Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is headed by Anthony Fauci. The organization took nearly $600,000 from the grant and used it to fund gain-of-function research at the WIV.
This type of research involves inducing virus mutations to determine how a virus could cause serious infections in humans. This information, in turn, could allow scientists to find a cure or produce vaccines to prevent future outbreaks. In the case of the WIV research funded by EcoHealth Alliance, the pathogens under investigation were bat coronaviruses.