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Parliamentary questions
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22 April 2020
Question for written answer E-002429/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Statements by Montagnier, Nobel prize winner, on the origins of the coronavirus

French professor Luc Montagnier, who won a Nobel prize in 2008 for his work on the HIV virus as cause of the Aids epidemic, maintains that the coronavirus is a manipulated virus. He has stated: ‘It was produced by a laboratory. It is what is known as a recombinant, perhaps produced by a Chinese laboratory. It was a job for molecular biologists. It’s a very meticulous job. You could say a clockwork of sequences. There is enormous pressure for everything that is at the origin of the virus to be hidden’.

Can the Commission answer the following questions:

1. Is it able to clarify whether the coronavirus is a natural virus, the result of a laboratory error, or a manipulated virus?

2. Is there any scientific evidence to back up Montagnier’s claims?

3. Has it asked China to clarify, unequivocally, the causes of the spread of the virus?

Original language of question: IT
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