Never in medical history has a diagnostic tool been given so much authority as the PCR test, which has been used to detect if someone is infected with the CCP virus.
But that “gold standard” test is being called into question as an international team of scientists calls for the retraction of a study that details the first PCR test protocol to detect the CCP virus, claiming there were serious technical and scientific errors.
At the time the paper was published, the genetic sequence of the CCP virus wasn't available, as China hadn't shared the "virus isolates or samples from infected patients." Scientists from China had only provided genetic sequences from an online gene bank.
SARS-CoV-2 is the scientific name for the CCP virus.
A WHO spokesperson said the organization stands by its recommendation.
“The Corman assay, in various formats, has been validated multiple times by multiple labs inside and outside the WHO networks,” Andrei Muchnik told The Epoch Times in an email. “It is used as the reference method in many laboratories.”
In addition to the study not using a virus isolate to validate the PCR test, the scientists claim there are other severe errors with the “biomolecular and methodological design” that led to a “worldwide misdiagnosis of infections attributed to SARS-CoV-2” and harsh lockdowns that continue today in many cities.
The lead author of the Corman-Drosten paper, Dr. Christian Drosten, didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.
“There has not been an official response, except that they will take it seriously,” Dr. Pieter Borger, a molecular genetics expert and the lead author of the group's review of the Corman-Drosten paper, told The Epoch Times in an email on Dec. 17.
The Eurosurveillance editorial board told The Epoch Times in an email on Dec. 22 that they were still in the process of “investigating and will make a decision as soon as we have investigated in full,” and that a decision would be announced by the end of this month.
Eurosurveillance's response to Borger and his team’s retraction request is in contrast to the fast-tracked review process the Corman-Drosten paper received in January last year, which took a total of two days.
Borger questioned if the study was truly peer-reviewed considering the short turnaround and the errors that exist in the study.
“I asked the journal [Eurosurveillance] to provide the peer-review report, which they could not,” he said.
When asked the reason for rushing the Corman-Drosten paper to publication, the editorial board said, “The editorial team felt that the arising unique public health situation required fast-track processing to allow timely access to such information.”
"An accelerated peer review process does not necessarily affect the filtering function of peer review or compromise reviewers’ ability to critically assess the content, validity, or quality of a paper," the editorial board added.
Summary of ErrorsBorger and his team listed 10 significant problems in the Corman-Drosten paper, suggesting that the authors had failed to validate whether their PCR test could actually detect the CCP virus.
Below is a summary of four of those errors:
1. The PCR test isn't able to distinguish between an inactive (noninfectious) viral fragment and a whole intact (infectious) virus, making it ineffective as a diagnostic tool for the CCP virus.
LawsuitIn November 2020, judges at the Portuguese Court of Appeal ruled against the Azores Regional Health Authority for forcibly quarantining four German tourists after one of them tested positive for the CCP virus. All four had tested negative 72 hours prior to entering the country.
This is the first court ruling that details the shortcomings of a PCR test as a diagnostic tool used to quarantine people who may or may not be sick.