Called “Horrible Monkey”: Dutch Scientists Tackling Covid Get Threats


Several members of a group of scientists that advises the Dutch government on managing the Covid-19 pandemic have received threats, local media reported Friday.

Multiple experts on the OMT scientific committee found threatening letters had been left in their letterboxes at home, according to news website

Committee member Andreas Voss told the site he had been called a “horrible monkey” and told to “go back to Germany” in a note addressed to him.

Another OMT expert, Diederik Gommers, said that one of his colleagues was under police protection after “serious threats”.

Other members of the committee told they had been so unsettled by the threats that they are now reluctant to speak to the media about Covid-19.

A spokesman for the RIVM public health body, where the committee is based, declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

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