Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday he is keeping an “open mind” on the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from the Chinese lab in Wuhan — where many believe it originated.
Even as President Joe Biden fights what the White House says is a mild coronavirus infection, his chief medical advisor still asserts the virus originated naturally. The White House says the president is “significantly” improved and mainly experiencing a “sore throat.”
Several Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, believe there is a strong possibility that the natural occurrence theory doesn’t hold water. Instead, it may have escaped from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan — and possibly was genetically engineered.
Paul, also a physician, has confronted Dr. Fauci several times over inconsistencies in his numerous statements on the roots of COVID-19.
Two years ago, Fauci said the lab leak origin is a “shiny object that will go away.”
That, however, is far from the case. Many scientists involved in the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic believed it was possible or even likely that the virus originated in the laboratory. Many who did not outright adopt the theory leaned in that direction.
Aspects of the coronavirus were thought to be “highly unlikely” to have developed naturally — outside of a lab.
Republicans, anticipating winning control of the House and possibly Senate this November, are ready to get Dr. Fauci under oath answering questions about his response to the lab origin theory. The leftist media will cringe, but these are questions that deserve answers.
Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) even made a video highlighting what they termed the “Fauci COVID Cover Up.”
Fauci, who continues to withstand enormous criticism for shifting stances on COVID-19 vaccinations as well as suppressing the lab leak theory, announced last week that he is retiring. Biden’s chief medical officer will call it quits by the end of the president’s first term in office.
Retiring or not, it is important for evidence of COVID-19’s origin to see the light of day. A virus that killed well over 6 million globally must be understood, and sweeping aside its possible beginnings for political considerations is a major disservice to humanity. And possibly criminal.