The U.S. Energy Department reportedly concluded that the COVID virus likely leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Even though the agency said it was a “low confidence” conclusion, the pronouncement elevated the once-conspiracy theory and appeared to vindicate those who had at least questioned the virus’s origin.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, had long sought to sell the idea that the virus emerged naturally.
In April 2020, he cited a study that found the virus’s mutations are “consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”
“There was a study recently,” Fauci told reporters on April 17, 2020, when asked if it was possible that virus came from a Chinese lab, “where a group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences… in bats as they evolve and the mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human. Read more…