American infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that he is “not convinced” that the novel coronavirus developed naturally and has called for an open investigation into the origins of Covid-19 virus.
When Dr. Fauci was asked that whether he was still confident that the coronavirus developed naturally or not, he stated, “I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.”
“Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favour of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus,” Dr Fauci was quoted by Fox News.
These remarks were made by the Biden administration’s top medical adviser during ‘United Facts of America’ event, A Festival of Fact-Checking’ event. He was questioned about whether the Covid-19 virus could not have occurred by serial passage in a laboratory, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said that he agrees for any further investigation of what went on in China.
However, he did not explicitly rule out such a probability and repeated that the NIH and NIAID categorically have not funded any result of function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). As per Fox News Donald Trump administration officials and Republicans have long argued there is a high chance Covid-19 was the result of a lab leak in China.
Moreover, Dr. Fauci last year had largely dismissed the theory that the deadly Covid-19 virus due to which over 165 million people have been infected across the world, while over 3.5 million people died so far, which was genetically engineered that it has leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had last week declared the lab leak theory “extremely unlikely”, but even Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief, has said the research team’s assessment on whether the virus entered the human population following a laboratory incident was not “extensive enough” and requires further investigation. The White House has not yet said whether it’s seen evidence to disprove the lab leak theory, but has joined calls for an independent investigation