Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed on Wednesday that he has always argued in favor of an “open mind” in examining whether Covid-19 came from nature or a laboratory.
Most of the scientists who know about virus phylogeny and virus biology and evolutionary biology will say … from a virological standpoint, it’s still more likely that this is a natural occurrence,” Fauci said in an interview with CBS’ This Morning.
“We have always kept an open mind,” he added. “In fact, as early as the end of January , the beginning of February, when someone people look at the virus and said, ‘You know, this could possibly be something that came form a lab,’ I brought together a group of scientists — I let people know about it.”
Fauci has said publicly since the early days of the virus that he believed it originated in nature. That included a May 2020 interview with National Geographic, when he told the publication, “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward, this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”
Fauci’s emails, which were released to the public this month through open-record requests, revealed his colleagues informing him in early 2020 that the virus could have man-made roots, though Fauci abstained from expressing any strong opinion in writing.
“If you go back then, even though you lean towards feeling this is more likely a natural occurrence, we always felt that you’ve got to keep an open mind – all of us,” Fauci added in the CBS interview. “We didn’t get up and start announcing it, but what we said — keep an open mind and continue to look. So I think it’s a bit of a distortion to say we deliberately suppressed that.”
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