Science journal published an article entitled “Authors, elite journals under fire after major retractions” reports, the first COVID-19 scientific fraud has been detected. In fact, last month, two articles rated as “major” were published in The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine.

The papers referred to experiments conducted globally with large numbers of patients and in numerous hospitals, to examine whether already approved drugs were safer for COVID-19 patients, as indicated in the published papers. The two articles have now been retracted and one of their authors, Amit N Patel, has been severely disciplined in his academic position. The other two authors, Mandeep Meliva and Sapan Desari, are also being closely supervised. This may be the greatest episode of scientific fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic.