The Trump administration and Republicans have been pushing the “lab leak” theory of the virus escaping from the Chinese Institute of Virology in Wuhan throughout the pandemic.
Current officials and former familiars have expressed differing opinions on the lab researchers’ November 2019 disease evidence, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An official said the intelligence came from an international partner in the United States but needed further investigation.
But another person told the newspaper that intelligence is stronger than that.
“The information we had from the various sources was of exquisite quality. It was very precise. What he didn’t tell you is exactly why they got sick, ”the insider said.
Experts say November 2019 is roughly when the virus started infecting people in Wuhan, while the Chinese government said the first confirmed case was on December 8, 2019.
The Wuhan Institute, which significantly conducts coronavirus research in bats, has not released its data, laboratory records or safety logs in the wake of the global pandemic.
The Chinese government has firmly denied that the virus escaped from one of its labs and attacked the theory, even claiming it came from a US lab.
Joe Biden has said his White House fully supports a World Health Organization investigation into the outbreak of the virus, which has now killed more than 589,000 people in the United States.
Katie Sanders of PolitiFact asked Dr Fauci if he was “still convinced it developed naturally” at a “United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact Checking” event.
“No actually. I’m not convinced, I think we should keep investigating what happened in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened, ”he said. -he declares.
Dr. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made those comments earlier this month, but they were largely unreported at the time.
“Certainly, the people who investigated it say that it was probably the emergence of an animal reservoir which then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we have to find out,” he said. he adds.
“So, you know, that’s the reason I said I fully support any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus. “
The Biden administration declined to comment on the report, but said all credible theories should be investigated.
“We continue to have serious questions about the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its origins in the People’s Republic of China,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council said. The independent.
“The world must understand the origin of this pandemic so that we can better prepare our governments, our people and our public health institutions for future health crises.
“This is why we are working within WHO and with other Member States to support a scientific and expert-led assessment of the origins of the pandemic, without interference or politicization.
“We are not going to make statements that prejudge an ongoing WHO study into the source of SARS-CoV-2, but we have made it clear that sound and technically credible theories should be carefully evaluated by international experts.”