Eminent Physician-Scientist Issues Open Letter Response to March 30 WHO Report; States That Five Undisputed Facts Support Laboratory Origin of COVID Virus; Suggests “Gain-of-Function” Research at Fault and Believes Moratorium Should Be Re-Considered

An Open Letter concerning the just-released WHO Report on the origin of the COVID virus was published today (March 30, 2021) by Steven Quay (photo), MD, PhD, CEO of Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS), and former Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine. The letter is titled "To Stop the Next Pandemic, Evidence That Is Undisputed Favoring Lab Origin of COVID Needs to Be Acknowledged." The Open Letter can be downloaded from Zenodo, a general-purpose open-access repository operated by CERN, here: Open Letter to the WHO (https://zenodo.org/record/4643871#.YGN-Mz9OlPY). A short “explainer” video about the letter can be found here: Open Letter - Video Explainer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jT-ZqpuQNw). The purpose of the Open Letter is to help readers of the WHO report understand the five facts that scientists agree on and which support the conclusion that an accidental laboratory-acquired infection was likely responsible for the COVID pandemic. According to Dr. Quay, the five undisputed facts are: 1. COVID-19 wasn't smoldering in the community before the epidemic broke out, as was observed with previous coronavirus epidemics. 2. Despite an intense search, neither the COVID virus, nor any close relative, has yet been found in nature, unlike prior natural zoonoses. The closest viral relative is from the laboratories of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, near the epicenter of the first cases. 3. The COVID virus had little genetic diversity at the outset, unlike prior natural zoonoses. It was genetically pure, like the man-made vaccines being rolled out. 4. The COVID virus's powerful infectious trigger isn't found anywhere in its related viral group in nature, but has been repeatedly inserted into viruses by laboratory scientists, including at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 5.
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