I was right about 'China virus coming from Wuhan lab' remark

James Marshall
June 4, 2021

Dr Fauci told CNN on Thursday it was "nonsense" to infer from the email any cosy relationship between himself and the figures behind the Wuhan lab research.

During congressional testimony on 12 May, Dr Fauci emphatically denied the USA had ever funded controversial gain of function research at the Wuhan lab.

Fauci's position has changed since May past year when he had rejected the claims that the virus came from a lab or that it was man-made.

In his defence, Ms Psaki said at her daily press briefing on Thursday: "The president and the administration feel that Dr Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control, being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic". Fauci is at the head of this and really if we want to investigate this lab and we want to know how to prevent this from happening again, Fauci can not be a part of this investigation'.

The NIH, which is a USA public health agency, gave $600,000 (£425,000) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology from 2014-19 via a grant to the New York-based non-profit group EcoHealth Alliance, for the objective of researching bat coronaviruses.

As Fauci came under intense scrutiny over the last one month where he was grilled by United States lawmakers in multiple hearings, he stated that he wasn't convinced (anymore) of the natural origin theory of Covid-19 virus and 'I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened'.

COVID-19's origins have become one of the most contentious questions of the pandemic.

'Well when they call for an investigation who do they put in charge of it?

USA intelligence agencies are still investigating reports that researchers at the Chinese Virus Research Institute in Wuhan were seriously ill in 2019, a month before the first COVID-19 case was reported.

Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, emailed Dr Fauci in April 2020, praising him as "brave" for seeking to debunk the lab leak theory.

'Or any of these people who are in this close group of friends because they have an incentive to cover it up because they were funding the lab, ' Paul said.

"I don't think we know what happened in Wuhan".

Trump, who demitted office earlier this year after losing the presidential election last November, had repeatedly claimed China was not being transparent about the origin of COVID-19 and held it responsible for the deaths and economic devastation of the pandemic.

Paul also claimed that some of Fauci's emails showed that he was "very troubled" about some gain-of-function research being done - though it was not immediately obvious which emails the Kentucky Republican was speaking of.

Paul referred to those messages as a 'red herring'.

On Wednesday, Fauci said his emails 'are really ripe to be taken out of context'.

"I'm stunned that Fauci would now ask this question", said Asher, who is now at the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington-based think-tank.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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