"Was Right About China Virus Coming From Wuhan Lab": Donald Trump

"Was Right About China Virus Coming From Wuhan Lab": Donald Trump

'There's no way of guaranteeing that, ' Fauci said last Wednesday at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, responding to a question from Republican Sen.

Dr Fauci and his colleagues took notice, in the early days, of the theory that COVID-19 may have leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

At a regular Friday briefing, he referred to a March 23 statement from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, stating that staff and graduates had not been confirmed to be infected with the virus.

Fauci's position has changed since May previous year when he had rejected the claims that the virus came from a lab or that it was man-made.

While Fauci has said that the U.S.

There is no proof Covid-19 came from a lab, but US President Joe Biden has ordered a review into the matter that angered China, which has rejected the theory.

But recent USA media reports have suggested growing evidence the virus could instead have emerged from a lab in Wuhan, perhaps through an accidental leak.

What did Fauci tell CNN?

Later, it came to light that National Institutes of Health (NIH) which Fauci has led since 1984 had funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology via the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance (led by Dr Peter Daszak) to the tune of $600,000 over a period of five years.

The POTUS added that although the United States intelligence community had "coalesced around two likely scenarios", they had yet to conclude whether the coronavirus emanated from contact between humans and animals, or from a research laboratory in China's Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"You can misconstrue it however you want", he said, "that email was from a person to me saying "thank you" for whatever it is he thought I said, and I said that I think the most likely origin is a jumping of species. I still do think it is, at the same time as I'm keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak". "I think that's a bit far out".

The origin of the virus is hotly contested, with US intelligence agencies still examining reports that researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan were seriously ill in 2019 a month before the first COVID-19 cases were reported. The Financial Times reported Thursday that it had asked China to publish it.

Gain-of-function studies involve altering pathogens to make them more transmissible in order to learn more about how they might mutate. There has also been a renewed focus on the Wuhan researchers who were sent to hospital weeks before the first case of COVID-19 was officially recorded.

After US top coronavirus advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci's private emails were revealed to the press, the debate over coronavirus coming from Wuhan Lab has sparked once again.

What's the other political reaction?

Mr Trump wrote in a statement.

Trump also called for imposing a hefty fine on China for the death and destruction they have caused due to this "lab leak". The copper mine they were working at in the mountains of the district of Tongguan in China's southwestern province of Yunnan and the bats that inhabit it are now a focal point of lab leak theory.

The interview was preceded by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian claiming last week that the White House "doesn't care about [the] facts and truth" pertaining to the origins of the COVID-19.