Joe Biden’s top Covid adviser ‘not convinced’ the virus developed naturally
Dr Anthony Fauci says the probe into “what went on” in Wuhan, China needs to continue, as top scientists say the theory that coronavirus escaped from a lab is still “viable”
ByChris KitchingSenior News Reporter
- 20:32, 23 MAY 2021
- UPDATED21:19, 23 MAY 2021
Joe Biden’s top coronavirus adviser says he’s “not convinced” the disease developed naturally and has called for further investigation into its origin.
Dr Anthony Fauci said the probe into “what went on in China” needs to continue until investigators “find out to the best of our ability what happened”.
Earlier this month, a group of leading scientists said the origin of the virus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a leak in a laboratory needs to be taken seriously until a rigorous data-led investigation proves it wrong.
According to a US intelligence report, three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they went to a hospital for treatment, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The report fuelled the theory and prompted fresh calls for a probe into whether the virus escaped from the lab.