Regarding the origins of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that he is “totally open-minded” but added that the scientific data “highly” implies it was not released from a lab.
During a Sunday appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Fauci made the remarks. Margaret Brennan, the show’s host, questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci on China’s openness regarding the origins of COVID-19 and how the country’s dominant Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was responding to international calls for investigations.
Regarding the genesis, “we retain a completely open mind,” Fauci stated. Having said that, if you look at the analysis by highly qualified international scientists without political agendas — they have published in peer-reviewed journals — that all accumulated evidence, especially relating to the Chinese bringing animals from the wild into the Wuhan market that shouldn’t have been there — the evidence is quite strong that this is a natural occurrence.
“Does it mean we’ve ruled out the possibility that a joke was played and it leaked? Definitely [not], “Added he. “I and all of my coworkers maintain a completely open mind. This is too essential not to look into every possibility, so we must do that. It is not contradictory to suggest that this is a natural occurrence given the scientific evidence that supports it.”
In his subsequent remarks, Fauci criticized China for being opaque about COVID-19’s origins and claimed that their failure to collaborate aroused suspicion when there may not have been any need for it. However, he refrained from calling China out for a “cover-up.”
Republicans will undoubtedly hold hearings for Fauci even though he leaves his post as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December. Republican legislators have demanded inquiries into Fauci’s management of the pandemic and his communications with Chinese health officials.
As he has done numerous times, Fauci stated that he would be more than willing to speak before the House. However, he made a light jab at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., noting that his longtime foe would not call him to account because Republicans could not seize control of the Senate in the midterm elections.
In his victory address, Paul pledged, “I will not only hold Dr. Fauci accountable, but we will also finally look into why your tax funds were used to subsidize risky research in Wuhan.” “The COVID cover-up will end, I swear to you,”