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The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 08 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1656

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The corruption of science.

Dear Editor

This article on the COVID-19 origin is probable the most important published by the BMJ in many decades. Not only is there strong evidence of a leak being the cause, that this Chinese state virology Institute was actively augmenting corona viruses, and that the WHO had warned about such a leak 2 months before the pandemic, but even worse and arguably more importantly, that the western scientific and medical establishment helped to suppress the story and investigation! The Lancet, Scientific American, Nature, Science, along with so-called fact checking websites all were complicit in labelling the lab leak as a conspiracy theory and attacking those who held contradictory opinions to the 'consensus'.

I congratulate the BMJ on its willingness to stand up for truth on this issue. Science is based on an objective seeking of truth through reason. It must never be hijacked by political or other subjective or partisan aims, which unfortunately it has been on this and many other politically charged topics (some of which the BMJ is also complicit).

Gordon Gregory FRCS

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 July 2021
Gordon C Gregory
General Surgeon
Sheffield UK.