Top scientific journal Nature recently published “Nature’s 10: ten people who helped shape science in 2020”.
Nature’s 10 is Nature’s annual selection of ten “people who mattered” in science. Nominees are people have made a significant impact in science. This year’s listicle, however, is riddled with untruthful statements, exaggerated achievements and politicized endorsement.
Among the 10 are WHO’s Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Chinese Professors Zhang Yongzhen and Li Lanjuan, NIH chief Antony Fauci, Pfizer’s Kathrin Jansen, and Uruguay coronavirus hunter Gonzalo Moratorio. These scientists are involved in influencing the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic.
One interesting political figure is New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who was praised incessantly by the mainstream media for her successful leadership in handling the pandemic.
Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO, leads the list of Nature’s 10 and was praised for “warning the world” of the pandemic. The truth is exactly the opposite. WHO failed to warn the world during the early stage of the pandemic by repeating the Chinese Communist Party’s claim of “no human-to-human transmission.”
In fact, the WHO objected to President Trump’s travel ban on China. In the past, provide valuable information to contain it or conduct any useful investigation on the origin of the virus.
Prof. Zhang Yongzhen was described as the “genome sharer” who defied the authority to share the genomic sequences of early SARS-CoV-2. This might be true and the world will remember him for his information. But the Nature’s10 piece was planted with propaganda to exculpate for the CCP’s cover-up and information control. Nature’s 10 ignored the most important contribution of Prof. Zhang, which is that his genome share tells the world that SARS-CoV-2 is related to viruses ZC45/ZXC21 owned by CCP military labs.
Li Lanjuan was described as the “Lockdown Architect” who was said to advise shutting down Wuhan to control the earliest outbreak, which “worked” according to this Nature’s 10 article. If it had “worked”, then how come the whole world is infected with the virus? Due to the lack of transparency and the totalitarian nature of the communist regime, the importance of Li’s advice is questionable, and so is the value. The regime locked down the city but allowed millions of people from ground zero to travel out of China to infect the world freely.
She also touted the traditional herbal medicine Lianhua Qingwen as a cure for Covid-19. The medicine’s effect on Covid-19 is questionable and warned against or banned in various countries. She also recommended some other drugs that are questionable in their effectiveness against Covid-19.
Dr Antony Fauci was described as “science’s defender”, who is in reality the scientific establishment’s defender. His opinions are rather policized rather than scientific. He had flipped opinions on masks (then and now). He recommended against the use of HCQ for Covid-19 citing which lacks pharmaceutical golden standard, controlled randomized trial but approved premature vaccines before they meet the same standard.
Kathrin Jansen of Pfizer, a company that produces the first Covid-19 vaccine,also made it to this listicle. There are many remaining questions about Covid vaccines, including its long term side effects on health, Antibody Dependency Enhancement (ADE) effect and the quality and time of clinical trials conducted so far. While various studies with high quality have proved that HCQ is effective to treat Covid in the early stage and be used as prophylaxis, the scientific establishment is trying hard to oppress it in favour of the highly lucrative alternative, the vaccines.
Jacinda Ardern, described as a “crisis leader in the article”, has done the job no better than many other leaders. New Zealand has more than 350 confirmed cases and 5 deaths per million population. In comparison Taiwan, with also with a female leader, has far less cases and deaths with a significantly larger population (less than 33 cases and 0.3 deaths per million), without the lockdown measurement that Jacinda Ardern ordered, by simply allowing use of HCQ.
One of the most important issues around the pandemic is the origin of the virus. Certain scientists, including coronavirus hunters and gain-of-function scientists, are involved in the virus research that brings wild viruses to the lab and makes them infectious to humans. The Nature’s 10 put gloss on coronavirus hunters by praising one of them, possibly to divert people’s suspicion and anger from other coronavirus hunters and researchers including Dr Zhengli Shi, Ralph Baric and Peter Daszak.
Overall, the Nature’s 10 article this year is clearly a propaganda piece that repeats the talking points of most mainstream media, that “there is nothing else to see here” concerning the truth of Covid-19 so as to convince its readers that the scientists who made it to the list are not part of the problem.
Author: River|Himalaya Scholar
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