Anthony ‘America’s Doctor’ Fauci backtracked on an original claim that the COVID-19 virus developed naturally, claiming now he’s “not convinced” and urges the U.S. to “continue to investigate what went on in China.”
Q: "Are you still confident the [COVID-19] virus developed naturally?”
Dr. Fauci: “No, I'm not convinced.”pic.twitter.com/WKciGUrJ9h
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Americans have soured on Fauci since Trump left office. In the past year, confidence the ‘America’s Doctor’ has plummeted amongst the general public after a series of mistruths, backtracks, and seemingly contradictory statements.
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Fauci’s new revelation that China may have developed the virus comes after an interview last year in which he let the Communist nation off the hook for the spread.
When asked, “Do you believe there is a chance that COVID-19 was made in the Wuhan lab and accidentally released to the world by China?”
“The evidence overwhelmingly points to the virus developing naturally. If you look at the data of the evolution of the virus in bats, it proves that COVID-19 did not develop artificially or was deliberately mutated by humans. Evolutionary biologists strongly indicate the virus evolved in nature and jumped species to the human population.”
At the time, Fauci literally laughed off any claim that COVID-19 possible escaped the Wuhan lab it was being developed in.
“I don’t get that they’re talking about at all. If the virus was manipulated in the lab and you’re trying to say it escaped from the there, then how did it get in the lab in the first place?”
Republican Sen. Rand Paul directly asked Fauci during a hearing, “Will you definitely say that the COVID-19 virus could not have occurred by passage in a laboratory?”
Fauci responded by hedging:
I will repeat again, the NIH (National Institute of Health) and NIAID )National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) has not funded any research to conduct an investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but we believe that investigation is necessary.
Conservative news suggests under Fauci’s lead, the NIH has funneled money to the Wuhan Lab to support their research on pathogens for other transmissible diseases. Sen. Rand flat-out charges Fauci with directly working with the Chinese institute on said research by providing them with taxpayer funds.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth