Dr. Anthony Fauci, the most authoritative infectious diseases specialist in the United States and Senior Medical Advisor to the White House, expressed doubt that the new type of Coronavirus originated naturally and called for a transparent investigation into the origin of Covid-19. “I think we should continue to investigate what is happening in China until we can find out exactly what happened,” Fauci said.
“Those who investigate the origin of the virus say it is transmitted from animal to human, but it can be something else and we need to find it. Therefore, I support all kinds of research on the nature of the virus.”
Fauci’s remarks came at the same time as a U.S. intelligence report published in the Wall Street Journal. In November 2019, three researchers at the Virus Laboratory fell ill and were admitted to the hospital with complaints similar to the symptoms of the virus and seasonal flu, the report said.
China rejects the theory that the virus has infiltrated one of its laboratories, while the Biden administration accuses China of not being transparent about sharing information about the virus.
The US administration is advocating further research by the World Health Organization (WHO) and international experts to learn more details about the source and nature of the virus.
“We have serious questions about the early days of the outbreak, including that it originated in China,” a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said.