Fauci again asked China to exchange information to determine if a coronavirus had developed in a laboratory.
The White House medical adviser wants the Asian giant to disseminate the medical records of nine people who suffered a disease similar to COVID-19 in that Chinese province before the pandemic began.
Anthony Fauci, the White House's medical adviser, urged China to check the medical records of nine people infected with the devil's disease before the epidemic began, which he said could help determine if the virus came out of a laboratory?
In recent weeks, the lab leak theory has gained traction following reports that six miners fell ill in 2012. In addition, three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms according to COVID-19 - although it is similar to seasonal ones. Infection - After visiting a cave with bats in the Chinese province of Greece.
In an interview published Thursday in the Financial Times, Fauci said these medical records could answer crucial questions about the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, where the pandemic that has killed more than 3.6 million people worldwide began.
"I would like to see the medical reports of the three people who supposedly fell ill in 2019," the immunologist said. Did they get sick and, if so, what made them sick? Expansion
Foki confirmed that it was "absolutely understandable" that the origin of COVID-19 lay in the same cave that the team of experts had visited and that it had begun to spread naturally or had passed through the laboratory.
In May, he confirmed that although many experts believe the virus is more likely to be a "natural phenomenon," they did not believe it was "100%".
China, which has been working hard to disprove the laboratory's hypothesis, has accused Washington of spreading "conspiracy theories" and denied U.S. media reports that researchers were admitted to a hospital in Wuhan.
The article on natural origin, considered the most probable by a joint study by World Health Organization (WHO) experts and experts who visited Wuhan earlier this year, maintains that human-to-human transmission Earlier, the virus appeared in bats. Probably through another animal.
However, there is a consensus in the scientific community that the virus was not intended. However, there is a possibility that a coronavirus in a laboratory in China has leaked.
On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry relied on the team's findings to refute Foki's comments, citing uncertain claims that the virus had first appeared in a U.S. military laboratory in Fort Detrict.
Asked about the possibility of sharing Beijing's medical records, ministry spokesman Wang Wenben quoted a statement from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in March. "We hope that those who do not believe in conspiracy theories, who respect facts and truth, can find facts and answers in this statement," Wang said.
Last week, President Joe Biden asked U.S. intelligence services to prepare a report on the launch of COVID-19 within 90 days.
He also assigned various national laboratories to assist the agencies in the investigation. "The United States will proceed to work with like-minded people around the world to put pressure on China to fasten in a comprehensive, transparent, and evidence-based international investigation, and to include all relevant data," he said. Provide access to counts and evidence. "