Covid WAS clearly the result of genetic engineering in China. If the inquiry ... trends now
The phrase is straight out of Yes Minister. Michael Gove's evidence to the Covid Inquiry on Tuesday was cut off for straying into what a smooth-talking Government lawyer deemed 'a somewhat divisive issue'.
Gove, a Cabinet minister for most of the past 13 years, ventured to state that 'there is a significant body of judgment that believes that the virus itself was man-made'.
This goes further than any British official has previously dared. Gove is an exceptionally clever man - and I have no doubt his intervention was deliberate. He has been long aware of the overwhelming evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid, was genetically engineered to become a human pathogen in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan in China.
As Yes Minister's Sir Humphrey might put it, the Secretary of State apparently forgot what it was he wasn't supposed to know. In fact, what Gove called the 'significant body of judgment' is overwhelming.
Chinese molecular biologists took a coronavirus that occurs naturally in bats and altered its genes - to an extent that cannot occur naturally - so as to make it exceptionally contagious in humans.
Chinese molecular biologists took a coronavirus that occurs naturally in bats and altered its genes - to an extent that cannot occur naturally - so as to make it exceptionally contagious in humans, writes PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH
Gove, a Cabinet minister for most of the past 13 years, ventured to state that 'there is a significant body of judgment that believes that the virus itself was man-made'
Any notion that this novel coronavirus arose from contaminated bat meat sold in the wet market at Wuhan is a fairytale for the credulous, a juvenile explanation that insults the intelligence of every serious virologist.
The Chinese are to blame for the Covid pandemic and the deaths (estimated at seven million globally) and long-term illnesses it caused, as well as the incalculable damage to the world's economy - to the extent that it would not be inappropriate for nations to demand substantial reparations from Beijing.
The mere fact that this disease arose in the same city as the Wuhan Institute of Biology, China's premier top-level 'biosafety' laboratory, should be enough to make any investigator suspicious.
Yet shamefully, the Covid Inquiry lawyer Hugo Keith KC slapped down Mr Gove for even beginning to approach the subject.
Gove's point ought to be central to the Inquiry. He was admitting that the Government was 'not as well prepared as we should have been' because 'the virus was novel'. In other words, the medical establishment was blindsided. This virus was unprecedented because it was in part created by man.
All this I can say with certainty because I was the co-author of a scientific paper that first made Government officials aware of the facts, in March 2020.
Working with my colleague in Norway, Dr Birger Sorensen (with whom I had collaborated to improve his pioneering therapeutic HIV vaccine in 2006), we realised that the Covid virus was simply incompatible with natural evolution.
I discovered, to my intense frustration, that no major journal wanted to publish our evidence. Many claimed it was 'not in the public interest'. Nonetheless, my warnings about the origins of the virus brought me to the attention of the former chief of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove.
Understandably curious to know why an NHS cancer specialist was taking such an interest in Covid, he arranged for me to be quietly vetted, without my knowledge.
It gives me little pleasure that my bona fides were quickly established which helped persuade Dearlove that I was as a sceptical scientific voice whose findings were repeatedly ignored - and repeatedly shown to be right, far too late.
Like Cassandra in ancient myth, I have an unwelcome habit of telling my peers news that they do not want to hear.
When I applied to use immunotherapy for cancer patients, a decade before it became standard practice, my funding was refused. The body overseeing grants ruled that immunotherapy worked on mice but would be