With new reports from the World Health Organization and Biden administration officials expressing the need for greater clarity on the origins of Coronavirus, the president’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Faucice, was asked if his thoughts had changed on the controversial topic.
After saying he keeps an “open mind” until something is proven, Fauci says he and other experts in the field believe Covid-19 “most likely” was transmitted first through natural origin, that is, from animals to humans and was not created and leaked from a laboratory.
Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday: “The most likely explanation is a natural evolutionary process from an animal reservoir to a human. “Once you say that, which I believe is more likely to happen, you have to make sure you emphasize that you remain open to all possibilities, including leaks in laboratory.”
Fauci cited a recent study published by “internationally respected virologists and evolutionary biologists” that said the more likely explanation for the virus’s onset was a ” natural evolution from an animal host to a human”.
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These comments from the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after one CNN’s report This week, top Biden administration officials, who are overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the virus, said that the theory of an accidental “lab leak” from Wuhan China was just as worthwhile. as reliable as the theory of natural origin.
In addition, on Friday, the World Health Organization recommend a second stage Research on the origin of viruses. The organization also acknowledged that it was a mistake to “push too soon” to rule out the “lab leak” theory.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “I am a laboratory technician myself, I am an immunologist, and I have worked in laboratories, and in laboratory accidents. experiment happened,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It’s commonplace.”
Tedros said WHO expects China to cooperate with a new investigation.
“Finding the source of this virus is a scientific exercise that must be kept private from politics. For that to happen, we hope China will support the next stage of the scientific process by sharing all relevant data in a transparent spirit,” Tedros said.
But Dr. Matthew M. Kavanagh, director of the Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative at Georgetown University told Rolling Stone Earlier this month, Biden’s use of the intelligence community, not health officials, may have politicized the issue.
Kavanagh said that if the purpose of Biden’s report was to find a scientific explanation for the origins of Covid-19, he would delegate the task to the CDC or NIH instead of US intelligence agencies.
“This tells us that this is a political and intelligence story: not a primarily science story,” Kavanagh said. “And so we should understand the picture in that sense, and not be naive about it. We are in a place where politics is pushing people’s scientific understanding in a dangerous direction. “