On December 22nd 2022, the Daily Sceptic published an article I wrote titled, ‘The Shadowy Group that Brought Mask Mandates to the U.K.’ Attempting to explain the reverse ferret in May and June 2020 by ministers and Government scientists about the benefits of masks in the community – flipping from discouraging their wear to mandating them – the article pointed an accusatory finger at an obscure multi-disciplinary group called DELVE. Drawing on information from Smile Free’s mask timeline (reproduced in part below), the article detailed how, on April 21st 2020, DELVE produced a paper championing face coverings for healthy people in community settings that – with the support of the zero-Covid ideologues at the Royal Society – resulted in the Government U-turn. Ten months later, the testimony of Professor Peter Horby at the COVID-19 Inquiry has now endorsed our account of one of the most ignominious events of the pandemic.
Horby is a Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Oxford. During the Covid event he was the chair of NERVTAG, a high-profile group of scientific experts who routinely provided advice to SAGE. He appeared before the COVID-19 Inquiry on October 18th 2023. In response to questioning from Andrew O’Connor (Counsel to the Inquiry), Horby first confirms the weakness of the evidence in support of masks as a viral barrier: