Fauci changes tune: ‘Not convinced’ COVID-19 developed naturally outside Wuhan lab’, believes China should be investigated

Director of the NIAID and President Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci says he now doubts COVID-19 “developed naturally”, a radical change in tune from his earlier stance.

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When asked by Katie Sanders from PolitiFact if he still believed COVID-19 developed naturally, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said:

“No, actually. I’m not convinced about that, and I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened.”

Fauci changed his tune from May 2020 when he told National Geographic that he believed there was no scientific evidence that the coronavirus emerged from a Chinese lab. 

Earlier this week, a previously undisclosed report expanding on a State Department fact sheet issued by the Trump administration confirmed that three workers from the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology in China became severely sick and sought hospital care in November of 2019.

This revelation brought severe doubt to the Chinese authorities’ official theory of the origin of COVID-19, claiming the virus came from Wuhan’s wet market.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 by Chinese authorities was identified on Dec. 8, 2019, weeks after the virology workers fell severely ill.

Two years before COVID-19 emerged, U.S. embassy officials sent two official warnings back to Washington, raising the alarm about the lab’s inadequate safety protocols and risky research projects on bat coronaviruses.

“I’m very doubtful that three people in highly protected circumstances in a level three laboratory working on coronaviruses would all get sick with influenza that put them in the hospital or in severe conditions all in the same week, and it didn’t have anything to do with the coronavirus,” said David Asher, a former U.S. State Department official who worked on a task force to determine the origins of COVID-19

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