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Reporters blame Trump for not initially finding Wuhan lab theory credible

Reporters blame Trump for not initially finding Wuhan lab theory credible”

US officials say that unless China allows more access to records and people, they may never get to the bottom of it.

"We feel strongly, all of us, that we should continue with the investigation and go to the next phase of the investigation that the [World Health Organization] has done", said Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Biden.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, said "we don't know 100%" where the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 came from. We don't feel like we have that now.

ANDY SLAVITT: Yeah. Let me just close up by saying, it is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this.

Theories that SARS-CoV-2 may have escaped from a lab have gained more credence recently.

Dr Fauci continued: 'Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out.

Though a US National Security Council spokeswoman would not comment on the WSJ report, she noted that Washington continues to have "serious questions about the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its origins within the People's Republic of China", Reuters reported.

But Tuesday's comments were among the first and strongest comments coming from members of the White House task force about the origin of the virus.

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"It looks like this virus did come from a lab in China", Carlson said. He referred to the SARS epidemic earlier this century as precedent. In a report issued in March written jointly with Chinese scientists, a WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan in January and February said the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, and that "introduction through a laboratory incident was considered to be an extremely unlikely pathway".

Long dismissed as a kooky conspiracy theory favored by the far right, the idea that Covid emerged from a lab leak in Wuhan has been gaining increasing momentum in the United States.

On Tuesday, the United States and other countries called for a more in-depth probe into the pandemic's origins, after an worldwide mission to China earlier this year proved inconclusive.

The New York Time's Maggie Haberman is blaming former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the corporate media's reckless inability to seriously cover the Wuhan lab leak theory early in 2020.

The US health secretary has urged the World Health Organization to ensure the next phase of investigation into Covid-19's origins is "transparent".

"We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data", a group of researchers from top USA universities wrote in a letter published by the journal Science in mid-May.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself fuelled the theory, calling for further investigations into the Wuhan Institute of Virology despite the highly-anticipated joint report stating the theory was "highly-unlikely".

During that same CNN program, Fauci said of China, "they have not been transparent in the past".



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