President Bidens chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has claimed that he is “not convinced” that Covid-19 developed naturally and has called for an open investigation into the virus’ origins.
During the United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking event, PolitiFact’s Katie Sanders asked Fauci “There’s a lot of cloudiness around the origins of covid-19 still, so I wanted to ask, are you still confident that it developed naturally?”
Fox news reports: “No actually,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said, around 12 minutes into footage of the event, which was held earlier this month but overlooked by most media outlets. “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 favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus,” he continued.
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.
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