by Ian Birrell
Monday, 21
June 2021
Spotted
17:57

One question Sir Patrick Vallance still needs to answer

Did he play a role in stifling debate on the origins of the pandemic?
by Ian Birrell
Britain’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance. Credit: Getty

Sir Patrick Vallance has had a good pandemic. The country’s chief scientific officer pushed hard for early lockdown, came up with the idea for a vaccine task force that proved such a triumph and has looked consistently assured in the media spotlight.

Now he has been rewarded with a new post of national technology adviser, handed a mandate to replicate the successful vaccine procurement programme in other areas. This popular character will also run a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy to drive Whitehall’s strategy with a brief from prime minister Boris Johnson “to cement the UK’s place as a global science superpower.”

This appointment makes perfect sense. Yet there is one niggle that Sir Patrick needs to clear up: what was his role in the strenuous efforts of the global scientific establishment to stifle debate on the origins of the pandemic?

It is now clear that leading experts, backed by supine journalists and politicians, pushed the idea that those daring to challenge the dominant view — that Covid 19 was definitely a natural spillover event from nature — were conspiracy theorists for arguing that the possibility of a laboratory leak in Wuhan should not be ruled out.

The dissidents have now been vindicated amid acceptance that both theories remain valid. Yet we have seen that leading scientific figures colluded to argue against the plausibility of “any type of laboratory-based scenario”, as one influential commentary in Nature Medicine stated. At the centre of events lies a mysterious teleconference led by Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, early last year that was joined apparently by Vallance.

This emerged from emails obtained from Anthony Fauci, the US infectious diseases chief. The teleconference was called after he was sent a long article on January 31 that detailed how researchers were investigating genomes to unravel the virus’s beginnings. It examined also controversies over risky ‘gain of function’ experiments and discussed the work carried out by Professor Shi Zhengli at Wuhan Institute of Virology with her British partner Peter Daszak in sampling thousands of bats and finding hundreds of new coronaviruses.

This led to a flurry of emails from Fauci — and then Farrar setting up the urgent conference call for the pair of them the next day with 11 other global experts. The Wellcome boss insisted their conversations were confidential. They also discussed contacting Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation.

Two days after this discussion, Dr Tedros delivered a sudden call to “combat the spread of rumours and misinformation”. Three days later, Daszak began circulating a note enlisting signatories for a Lancet statement published the following month that attacked “conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin”. It only emerged later from another tranche of emails that Daszak co-ordinated this statement, which was signed by Farrar and 25 others.

Also on the conference call was Kristian Andersen, an immunologist at Scripps Research Institute in California. When Fauci sent him the article, he responded that the genetic sequences of the new virus showed “some of the features (potentially) look engineered.” He added that other experts agreed the genome was “inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory”. Yet he was lead author on that Nature Medicine note. Intriguingly, Farrar admitted to me he helped convene its authors.

So what was discussed at that mysterious teleconference? Unfortunately, vast chunks of the Fauci emails that might reveal the answers were redacted and Farrar had declined to reveal the details. When I tried to find out more from Vallance, his press people told me I had to submit a Freedom of Information inquiry. Yet as he has said “openness and transparency around this disease is a social imperative” — especially now that it has become so entwined in issues about trust in science.

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Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
11 months ago

I would urge anyone interested in this to go to Bret Weinstein, the evolutionary biologist’s website, Dark horse, still available as a podcast, despite best efforts to take it down.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
11 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

It is a disgrace what they are doing to Bret.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
11 months ago

He should open his own website…

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
11 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

Stephen, there is a guy you must watch if you like Weinstein, this guy does USA Real Estate and loves statistics and charts, and gives AMAZING ones in this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuPhovcR3xE

Basically he has done a map of job and business recovery in America post covid, and then saw it fallows Exactly Republic (red) and Democrat, (blue) lines – as did Lockdown.

Jump to 4:20 in the video to see his map, and his explanation – it is Amazing! Also you must realize the lockdown states (Democrat governors) fared worse in cases and deaths than the non-lockdown places, but it is in recovery it becomes amazing.

Pete Stobbs
Pete Stobbs
11 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 InfectionA Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines
Bryant, Andrew MSc1,*; Lawrie, Theresa A. MBBCh, PhD2; Dowswell, Therese PhD2; Fordham, Edmund J. PhD2; Mitchell, Scott MBChB, MRCS3; Hill, Sarah R. PhD1; Tham, Tony C. MD, FRCP4

https://journals.lww.com/americantherapeutics/Abstract/9000/Ivermectin_for_Prevention_and_Treatment_of.98040.aspx?fbclid=IwAR387J1cFYxpsiPkVzxg-R6G8PvnDox05xl566WtoqWd3y3nrqmP87wqsfs

Pete Stobbs
Pete Stobbs
11 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose
Alyona Song
Alyona Song
11 months ago

Heartfelt thanks to Ian Birrell for keeping the pressure on! There seems to be a concerted effort – again! – to bury the facts in the sand. It’s time Vallance, Fauci and their ilk were held responsible for their very unique branch of “science”.

Jonathan Ellman
Jonathan Ellman
11 months ago
Reply to  Alyona Song

Yes, the lab leak deniers must be held accountable.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
11 months ago

Many people would also love Vallance to make a statement about Ivermectin. Seems like there is more than one hole in his leaky canoe. It is most often as simple as follow the money and find they are rotten to the core.
I would also put a large question mark against the full marks given for early and continued hard lockdowns.

Last edited 11 months ago by Lesley van Reenen
T Doyle
T Doyle
11 months ago

There has not been any transparency over this so called pandemic.

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
11 months ago

This guy is the world’s most winning Pyrrhic victory General in history.

He is like that General in ‘Catch 22’ who talks of how he totally flattened a city in order to ‘Save it from the Germans’.

These lockdown maniacs have destroyed the world as we knew it, to save it from a problem they did nothing to fix. USA, half locked down, half did not. The half which did not lock down is doing much better, and did better, by every metric.

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
11 months ago

So this Covid-19 is all such a dirty conspiracy swamp that to me it would seem every single thing said through official Government channels, and through Social Media, MSM, Health, and Education industries are total lies to bring about the New World Order.

I do like this guys Youtubes, the solid and calm British Doctor Campbell (international experience), who posts about Ivermectin (totally works) the anti Ivermectin policy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYv30g7TKVM A great vid, but he is a lockdowner/masker too, so not fully hinged.

Then Unherd’s old Dr Weinstien telling us that the vaccine is exceedingly dangerous (along with experts in the vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMxuNvVgxlU about the toxicity of ‘spike proteins’.) the guy on the right is really worth hearing in the second half.

So as a conspiracy loon here are the facts as I see them:
1) Lockdowns caused much more harm to the people than they alleviated, wile destroying education and economy and freedom. They may well have destroyed the World as we knew it (may be a couple years)

2) MMT and the costs of Monetary and Fiscal Stimulus (globally may be 50 Trillion $ ‘Printed’ out of air by the Central Banks.) will mean the collapse of the global economy as we know it, ending the peace and the Dominance of the Western Democracies, and thus freedom in the world..

3) The vaccine may be of no great help, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJpyvAv-oFQ of the excellent Dr Campbell showing how USA pretty much got through by natural herd immunity – although his ending conclusions are crazy! (total pro masking/lockdown foolishness – so how can he explain the different outcomes in USA by the fact half the country locked down, half did not, and the ‘did not lockdown’ seems have done better, and to be doing, better?) This doctor says Invective was the magic bullet, but as the Weinstein vids also tell – IT WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BE DISCUSSED, as were several other old medicines – because the $$$$ being made by the vaccine pharma industry!

4) The virus is obviously man made and ‘escaped’, and this truth was repressed brutally.

5) The Global Elites, via this plandemic, the MSM and wokeism (Marxist Frankfurt School agenda) BLM/Critical Race Theory are out to break USA, and the West into divided groups as the economy is broken by lockdown, and the Media/social Media is totally a tool of the Globalists, and the Governments totally against their own people.

6) As I refused the mask throughout, which was miserable, I refuse the vaccine, and so may not be able to return to UK as the New World Order is forcing vaccine, that weird mRNA genetic materials in us, or Johnson and Johnson which is conventional, but used cloned, aborted, fetus cells….and freedoms which we all loved are gone for ever. The New World Order has begun.

Jon Redman
Jon Redman
11 months ago

Meanwhile Dasczak has been slung off the Lancet’s latest C19 inquiry:
https://covid19commission.org/commissioners
(recused from Commission work on the origins of the pandemic)

Jonathan Ellman
Jonathan Ellman
11 months ago
Reply to  Jon Redman

wow, I wonder how deep that goes.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
11 months ago

As deep as you can imagine. I cannot understand how and why Gain of Function Fauci is still standing.

Nick Faulks
Nick Faulks
11 months ago

Of course he did. The Chinese would not have approved his appointment to his new role otherwise.

Last edited 11 months ago by Nick Faulks
Edward De Beukelaer
Edward De Beukelaer
11 months ago

….. shows that towing the line gets rewards…. we shall wait till the line breaks…. of you go investigative journalists, …. journalists, … hey where are you ….

Christopher Barclay
Christopher Barclay
11 months ago

Google ‘Sir Patrick Vallance Matt Hancock surprise’ and you will find an article reporting that not only does Vallance hold shares in pharma giant GSK but that he held this holding secret from Hancock.

Mike Fraser
Mike Fraser
11 months ago

Wasn’t Vallance one of the authors of that OCT 31st prophecy which was incredibly pessimistic and turned about to be absolutely wrong?

GA Woolley
GA Woolley
11 months ago

If Vallance was involved at all, and there’s no hard evidence that he was, then it was as a peripheral figure. So why the witch hunt?

J Bryant
J Bryant
11 months ago
Reply to  GA Woolley

I appreciate your comment but I’m not sure there’s a ‘witch hunt’ against Vallance or anyone else involved in this matter. It’s clear there was a concerted effort by senior health figures in several countries to obscure the origins of the coronavirus. Only thorough investigative journalism will reveal the extent and motivations behind the cover up and, if possible, the likely origin of the coronavirus. Vallance, Fauci and everyone else involved must be entirely forthcoming and truthful in this matter. If not, why would we believe them on any future health issue?

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
11 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

“Only thorough investigative journalism will reveal”

Hahaaaha

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
11 months ago
Reply to  Galeti Tavas

Sanford returns!

Galeti Tavas
Galeti Tavas
11 months ago

I felt it was my moral obligation to keep the sheep here ‘gingered up’ so forked over the money for some discounted ‘free speech’ as it is hard to find at any price now days.

(for modern folk who have lost English vocabulary, that means perked up, energized, and so on, it is an old word from the horse racing and dealing scene when a piece of peeled ginger root would be put in a tired horse’s rectum, which would make it act all agitated and perky and lively, to fetch a better price)
Hi Lesley

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
11 months ago
Reply to  Galeti Tavas

I wonder if It might work on the wife ? I think I might just give it a go, after all, what harm could it possibly do !

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
11 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Ok, “maybe not”, he say’s in a high pitched, squeaky, voice. Point taken.

Last edited 11 months ago by Tom Lewis
Mel Bass
Mel Bass
11 months ago
Reply to  Galeti Tavas

Ginger? That’s the civilized version. Back in the day, it used to be a live eel shoved where the sun doesn’t shine, and that would certainly get any horse moving, let alone sheep.
I’m old enough to remember elderly farm-worker relatives talking about it!

Mike Fraser
Mike Fraser
11 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

responsible journalism…A perfect oxymoron!