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Lancet editor: Study Trump cited does not exist

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 19, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump cited a study supposedly published in the Lancet medical journal as he once again accused the WHO of ignoring early coronavirus warnings.
Richard Horton
Dr.   Richard Horton
Now, the Lancet chief editor Richard Horton says there has been no such publication.

Topics: Trump

“Dear President Trump, you cite the Lancet in your attack on WHO.

“Please let me correct the record,” Dr. Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the prestigious British medical journal, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Trump referred to the outlet in his latest letter to the World Health Organization head, Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, in which he warned that Washington would permanently stop funding the organization if it fails to “commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days.”

In the scathing letter, Trump particularly lashed out at the WHO over its supposedly continuous disregard of “credible reports” on the spread of the novel coronavirus in December 2019, including those allegedly published in the Lancet.Horton said, however, that the journal did not publish a single report on the issue at that time.

“The first reports we published were from Chinese scientists on Jan 24, 2020,” he noted.

The journal also issued a special statement reviewing Trump’s claim, which said that the first scientific reports about the human transition of Covid-19 were published in the Lancet on the same January 2020 date.

“This statement is factually incorrect,” the Lancet said in a statement referring to Trump’s claims and allegations, which the journal described as “damaging to the efforts to strengthen international cooperation to control the pandemic.”