'Not convinced' Covid-19 developed naturally, says Dr Anthony Fauci

'Not convinced' Covid-19 developed naturally, says Dr Anthony Fauci

The current U.S. State Department spokesman, Ned Price, of the January 15 report, said, "A fact sheet issued by the previous administration on January 15 did not draw any conclusions regarding the origins of the coronavirus".

"Nevertheless, significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the Covid-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology", the report claimed, listing what it saw as some of the evidence, including: 1.

On Monday, several GOP congressmen and former Trump administration officials responded to a Wall Street Journal report published a day earlier.

The information, which The Journal said came from a United States intelligence report, comes as some experts call for a reevaluation of whether the coronavirus pandemic was triggered by an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"The information that we had coming from the various sources was of exquisite quality", said an anonymous former official to the WSJ. There is evidence from the Wuhan Institute of Virology or related labs in Wuhan that SARS2 or a predecessor virus was under development there.

"Those claims are groundless", he said.

The group said a lab leak was "extremely unlikely".

Fox News reports that when asked earlier this month by PolitiFact's Katie Sanders at the "United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking" event if he was confident it developed naturally, Fauci replied that he did not.

In retrospect, it seems like Fauci was trying to protect himself, as it turns out that his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases may have funded "controversial "gain of function" research where coronaviruses were made 'more infectious in humans, '" at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

November 2019 is in line with when experts believe the COVID-19 virus began circulating.

In May, the World Health Organization released a draft report of its worldwide investigative team who visited Wuhan, China, from mid-January to mid-February. He said further study was needed into the role of animal markets as well as the lab leak hypothesis. "It's being done in ways that were similar to over a year ago...this is risky".

She said the U.S. government was working with the World Health Organization and other member states to support an expert-driven evaluation of the pandemic's origins "that is free from interference or politicisation".

The origin of the virus is hotly contested.

However, the American intelligence service does not have reliable data as to why Chinese researchers were hospitalized.

Such evidence included information indicating "several researchers" at the lab got COVID-19 symptoms in the fall of 2019, the report said. Now, one of her colleagues has signed a letter demanding a probe into the lab theory.

"And his cronies were really denigrating anyone who was suggesting we should investigate the lab leak hypothesis now starting to say 'Well actually, it may be more than a remarkable coincidence that China's only level-four biosafety lab happens to be in the very place where this entire pandemic started'".

One critical avenue to finding an answer would be to run genetic sequencing on the original samples that staff at the Wuhan lab were working on. But "Chinese will never forgive it", said one familiar with the underlying intelligence.

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