So Dr. Anthony Fauci in the pandemic’s early months was casting doubt on the lab-leak idea of COVID’s origins — at the identical time as he was moreover receiving at the least one alert from a genomic researcher that “some of the features look (potentially) engineered.”
Notably, he forwarded “anti-conspiracy theory” articles that quoted Peter Daszak — the head of a US nonprofit that used some grant money from Fauci’s firm to fund coronavirus work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology — attacking the lab-leak idea. Daszak and others wrote Fauci personally to thank him for dumping on the idea.
We nonetheless don’t know if the virus developed normally and ultimately jumped to folks, nevertheless Chinese researchers have been wanting exhausting for proof of the bug in some intermediate species (as the “natural” idea would require) and have to this level come up empty.
Meanwhile, Beijing refuses to cooperate in any vital neutral investigation — and even launched a commerce battle with Australia after Aussie leaders referred to as for such a probe.
For a yr, we’ve been knowledgeable to “trust the science” — nevertheless, Fauci, our predominant scientist, made declarations that certain theories have been “debunked” after they weren’t. Why did he once more up Daszak’s self-serving dismissal of the lab idea with no precise proof — when, in precise reality, he was getting e-mail proof to the reverse?
These revelations don’t ease the rising concern that US taxpayer cash would possibly want to assist unleash this plague.
All of it is merely more reason for the Biden administration to get to the bottom of the thriller — and make getting China to cooperate finally the No. 1 challenges in talks with Beijing. And all the more reason, as we’ve argued sooner than, that Fauci desires to stop being the spokesperson for America’s pandemic response.