Dr. Anthony Fauci, who from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic kept a radical position on the origin of the disease, assuring that it came from an animal and not from human error, now admitted that there is a possibility that the Wuhan lab leak theory is true.
Fauci’s admission comes hours after e-mails revealed that the doctor knew early on about the anomalies of the virus and doubts about its origin.
Following the emails exposed by BuzzFeed News, through a freedom of information lawsuit, it was discovered that Fauci had knowledge of the experiments conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and, in addition, received reports from respected scientists on the possibility that COVID-19 may have been man-made.
Despite the evidence and the possibilities of a laboratory accident, Fauci chose to emphasize that the natural jump theory as the origin of COVID-19 is the most likely, and throughout the pandemic year never mentioned laboratory leakage.
In an interview for MSNBC’s Deadline, Fauci admitted that he “can’t guarantee everything that’s going on in the Wuhan lab”; and referring to the emails he argued that he was “just trying to get the right information to try to get the right data.”
Likewise, in an interview this Thursday morning on CNN, he was asked about the email he received in April 2020 from the president of EcoHealth Alliance thanking him for rejecting the theory that the coronavirus may have originated due to a Wuhan lab leak.
“I have always said, and will say today … I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human, but I keep an absolutely open mind, that if there may be other origins of that there may be another reason, it could have been a lab leak,” he said.
Fauci received that email from the director of a nonprofit organization that used a $3.4 million grant from the federal government to fund research at the lab.
In January, researcher Kristian Andersen warned Fauci that the coronavirus had “unusual characteristics.”
“The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered,” Andersen wrote to Fauci on Jan. 31.
It should be recalled that a few months after the start of the pandemic last year, Fauci said the virus most likely “evolved in nature and then jumped species,” rather than being “artificially or deliberately manipulated.”
The denial of the Wuhan lab leak theory is not the only scandal around Fauci
Various news reports linked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a $600,000 funding to WIV through a non-profit organization to research bat coronaviruses. However, Fauci denied the NIH’s involvement with the controversial Gain of Function experiment.
Fauci has not publicly apologized for having known in advance about the “unusual characteristics of the virus,” nor has he clarified whether he was involved in funding various studies at the Wuhan lab, and he has yet to admit to mistakes made regarding treatment and measures to contain the pandemic.