“Certainly the people who investigated it say that it was probably the emergence of an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we have to find out. So, you know, that’s the reason I said I fully support any investigation into the origin of the virus, ”he continued.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what is out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning towards it could not have been manipulated artificially or deliberately … Everything about the evolution in stages over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then skipped species. ”
Given this story, Tories have jumped on Fauci’s recent coverage as positive proof that Trump was, in fact, right from the start. (Note: Fauci made his comments at a fact-checking symposium on May 11, but they were largely ignored at the time. Conservative publications began writing about the remarks over the weekend. )
So how much is there really was? Well, on Sunday the Wall Street Journal wrote this:
“Three researchers from the Chinese Institute of Virology in Wuhan fell sick enough in November 2019 to seek treatment in hospital, according to a previously undisclosed US intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for an investigation more complete on the question of whether the Covid-19 virus was able to escape. from the laboratory …
It should be noted here that, according to CNN reports, U.S. intelligence officials are not sure what the researchers were really sick of. And the director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, told Congress last month that “the intelligence community does not know exactly where, when and how the Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially.”
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, denied the WSJ report and said the United States “extolled the theory of lab leaks.”
What is clear is that Fauci is much more open to the idea of laboratory theory than he was a year ago. Although he allowed himself some leeway in his statements about origins last year (he said he was “very, very strongly in favor of this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated” ), there was no doubt about Fauci’s position on the pitch. question.
The question, therefore, is not whether Fauci changed his position on the possible origins of the virus, but rather Why he does it. Fauci supporters will insist that it is simply changing its point of view based on information released over the past year. Opponents of Fauci will insist he knew from the start that the lab theory was a possibility and downplayed it only to portray Trump in a bad light.
In the midst of this debate, it’s important to remember that Trump never provided any evidence of its vague claims about the origins of the virus. “Something happened” was as far as he would go.
It is also essential to remember that there would be a Major distinction – even within the framework of laboratory theory – between the virus accidentally released and it is deliberately released as a kind of weapon. Trump and his allies have long sought the latter explanation, but without further explanation or proof.
“Current intelligence reinforces the belief that the virus likely arose naturally, from animal-human contact,” the sources said. But that doesn’t rule out the possibility that the virus was the result of an accidental leak from the Wuhan Institute, where coronavirus research. was conducted on bats. ”
Here’s the point: The origins of the virus are not fully known. Plotting which is, at its root, a medical and public health issue – not a political issue.