Lindsey Graham accuses scientists who wrote Lancet letter of ‘trying to destroy Trump’s credibility’

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Professor Peter Palese

Professor Peter Palese

Professor Peter Palese

Microbiology expert

Icahn School of Medicine, New York

What they told MailOnline: ‘I think a thorough investigation into the origin of the Covid-19 virus is needed.

“Since the Lancet letter I signed, a lot of disturbing information has surfaced, so I would like answers to all questions.”

When asked how he had originally been approached to sign the letter and what new information specifically had come to light, Professor Palese declined to comment.

Dr Jeremy Farrar

Dr Jeremy Farrar

Dr Jeremy Farrar

Tropical medicine expert and SAGE advisor

The Wellcome Trust, London

What they told MailOnlineSars-Cov-2’s origin is not yet certain – it is possible that the origin will never be fully established – but nature is a powerful force and in my opinion the most likely scenario is that the virus has passed from animals into humans and then evolved into humans.

“The best scientific evidence available to date points to that. It is highly likely that it crossed the species barrier to infect humans and then adapt to humans sometime in 2019, but there are other possibilities that cannot be completely ruled out and keeping an open mind is critical.

“There is no place for baseless rumors or conspiracy theories often fueled for political ends.

Professor Leo Poon

Professor Leo Poon

Understanding the origins of this disease and of any zoonotic infection is absolutely crucial to successfully prevent future outbreaks and protect lives worldwide.

“The answers can only be found in robust scientific evidence, with full transparency from all involved.

“There’s been too much guesswork and theory without data or evidence, though there’s still not enough transparency.”

Professor Leo Poon

Public health expert

University of Hong Kong

What they told MailOnline: ‘I’m not interested in discussing non-scientific matters.’

Dr Peter Daszak

Professor Charles Calisher

Dr Peter Daszak (left) and Professor Charles Calisher (right)

Dr Peter Daszak

zoologist

EcoHealth Alliance, New York

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Charles Calisher

Microbiological expert

Colorado State University

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Dr Dennis Carroll

Professor Rita Colwell

dr. Dennis Carroll (left) and Professor Rita Colwell (right)

Dr Dennis Carroll

Infectious disease expert

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Texas

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Rita Colwell

Microbiology expert

University of Maryland

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Dr Ronald Corley

Professor Christian Drosten

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Dr Ronald Corley

Microbiology expert

NEIDL Institute, Boston

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Christian Drosten

Virology expert

Charity – Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Germany

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Luis Enjuanes

Professor Hume Field

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Professor Luis Enjuanes

Chemistry expert

National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Hume Field

Veterinary science expert

EcoHealth Alliance, New York

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

dr.  Josie Golding

Professor Alexander Gorbalenya

dr. Josie Golding (left) and Professor Alexander Gorbalenya (right)

dr. Josie Golding

Leading Epidemics

The Wellcome Trust, London

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Alexander Gorbalenya

Virology expert

Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

dr.  Bart Haagmans

Professor James Hughes

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dr. Bart Haagmans

Virology expert

Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor James Hughes

Infectious disease and public health expert

Emory University, Atlanta

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

dr.  William Karesh

dr.  Gerald Keusch

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dr. William Karesh

Infectious disease expert

EcoHealth Alliance, New York

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

dr. Gerald Keusch

Medicine and international health expert

Boston University

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Lam Sai Kit

Doctor Juan Lubroth

Professor Lam Sai Kit (left) and Dr. Juan Lubroth (right)

Professor Lam Sai Kit

Expert in infectious viral diseases

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Doctor Juan Lubroth

Veterinary Science Expert

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor John Mackenzie

Dr Larry Madoff

Professor John Mackenzie (left) and Dr Larry Madoff (right)

Professor John Mackenzie

Expert in tropical infectious diseases

Curtin University, Perth, Australia

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Dr Larry Madoff

Infectious disease and public health expert

Massachusetts Medical School

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Jonna Mazet

Professor Stanley Perlman

Professor Jonna Mazet (left) and Professor Stanley Perlman (right)

Professor Jonna Mazet

Epidemiology expert

University of California at Davis

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Stanley Perlman

Microbiology expert

University of Iowa

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Bernard Roizman

Professor Linda Saifi

Professor Bernard Roizman (left) and Professor Linda Saif (right)

Professor Bernard Roizman

Microbiology expert

University of Chicago

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Linda Saifi

Microbiology expert

The Ohio State University

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Kanta Subbarao

Professor Mike Turner

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Professor Kanta Subbarao

Virology expert

The University of Melbourne, Australia

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

Professor Mike Turner

Parasitology expert

The University of Glasgow (formerly The Wellcome Trust, London)

What they told MailOnline: No answer.

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