Friday, March 3, 2023

Fauci Says ‘we may never know’ Origin of COVID Despite Lab Leak Report; Critics Rip Dr. Anthony Fauci After Latest Wuhan Lab leak Findings, and other C-Virus related stories

Julia Nikhinson - CNP
Fauci says ‘we may never know’ origin of COVID despite lab leak report:
A defiant Dr. Anthony Fauci pooh-poohed the US Energy Department’s conclusion that COVID-19 likely leaked from a Chinese lab – urging people to keep “an open mind” and saying “we may never know” the origin of the disease
Fauci, 82, the former White House chief medical adviser, noted that intelligence agencies aren’t aligned on the lab leak theory and have not arrived at a definitive answer to what caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must all keep an open mind to all possibilities” about the origins of the coronavirus, Fauci told The Boston Globe on Monday, adding, “we may never know” the source of the outbreak.
The retired director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases continued: “I don’t see any data for a lab leak. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t have happened.”
Fauci dismissed the lab-leak theory early in the pandemic and consistently repeated his belief that the virus most likely occurred naturally.
At the onset of the pandemic, Fauci called the lab-leak theory a “shiny object that will go away” in an internal email from April 2020.
Fauci’s latest comments come after the Energy Department released a bombshell report to the White House and top members of Congress saying it had “low confidence” that the deadly bug emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. --->READ MORE HERE
Critics rip Dr. Anthony Fauci after latest Wuhan lab leak findings:
Lawmakers and other prominent figures tore into Dr. Anthony Fauci after the Energy Department concluded COVID-19 likely leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China — a theory the former White House chief medical adviser repeatedly rejected.
The Energy Department’s “low confidence” assessment, included in a recent classified intelligence report sent to the White House and top members of Congress, turned the focus back on Fauci — who retired at the end of last year after more than five decades in government, spending the last 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci, 82, had come under fire from congressional Republicans for defending gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, from where COVID-19 is believed to have emerged. The doctor threw cold water on the theory in the months after the outbreak, at one point calling it a “shiny object” in an internal email.
In July of last year, Fauci hedged slightly by saying that he was keeping an “open mind” about the lab leak possibility, only to later insist “it looks very much like this was a natural occurrence.”Since reclaiming the House last month, GOP lawmakers have called for an investigation into both the origins of COVID-19 and the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has repeatedly accused Fauci of lying to Congress about the origin of the coronavirus, retweeted a reporter who wrote: “@RandPaul⁩ asked Fauci about a lab leak. He denied it. Repeatedly” Sunday. --->READ MORE HERE
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