One of the most famous and reputable medical journals, The Lancet, was considered the culprit of the pandemic and accused of hiding facts about the danger of coronavirus in Wuhan, writes the Daily Mail.
British medical researcher and director of the Wellcome Trust Jeremy Farrar said in his book that the publication had access to research proving human-to-human transmission from the early days of the coronavirus in Wuhan. The editorial board in these conditions, according to Farrar, worked unprofessionally: it did not publish the data of "brave Chinese scientists" and did not turn to the opinion of famous doctors. According to the critic, the journalists did not publish these articles, as they were under pressure from the Chinese authorities.
The author of the book recalled that already in December 2019, Chinese scientists spoke about the extreme danger of COVID-19 due to the fact that people without symptoms can transmit it. The editorial staff's swift action and responsibility could have saved the world from a pandemic, Farrar is sure.
British politician Bob Seeley agrees with the researcher. “At a time when every second was counting, The Lancet relied only on exclusive information about the unknown virus, rather than making it public as soon as possible,” he added. "He had to inform the world's scientists, doctors and public health professionals as soon as possible."
At the end of March, the World Health Organization released a report on the results of a trip to Wuhan, China, in order to find out the origin of the coronavirus. The report says the pandemic is most likely not the result of a laboratory leak.