Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, testified before the Senate panel just a day after it was announced that he had contracted COVID-19.
When asked if there was any improvement in the understanding of the origins of COVID-19, he said the researchers concluded that this was “very, very likely” the genesis of the species.
In addition, Fauci said the disease “almost certainly” spread to people in the Wuhan area of China.
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“The work of qualified virologists and viral phylogenetics has been published, which shows that it is probably a kind of leap from animal cough, perhaps through intermediate cough to moderate cough. Human species then transmitted by humans” The population is definitely approaching almost certainly from China to Wuhan”
Fauci acknowledged the popular American public theory that the virus came from a drip from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“We are still open and always open when it comes to the virus that is isolated in the environment and entered by the lab, and then there is what most people call a ‘label’,” he continues.
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While Fauci said researchers would keep an “open mind”, he also said most of the evidence supported the natural phenomenon.
Asked whether China would cooperate in investigating the origins of COVID-19, Fauci refused and stifled expectations of all meaningful answers.
“I really hope so because we can’t get an answer that is definitive – I mean, even if they work together, we can’t do it,” he told the Senate panel.
He went on to say that whether the Chinese government cooperated or not, the United States should not be hostile to them or risk losing cooperation on future issues.
He concluded: “But certainly, for example, if we want to continue to monitor populations of bats and other wildlife that can serve as intermediate hosts – and also to understand what is happening to some of them. Laboratories – I consider it important that there is cooperation and cooperation with the Chinese. “