Dr. Anthony Fauci is taking heat on his recent flip-flop over the origins of the coronavirus.
Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, long held the belief the virus did not escape from a Chinese lab but occurred naturally.
However, during an interview at the fact-checker PolitiFact event called United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking, Fauci reversed his initial assertion that the virus was of natural origin and expressed the need to investigate the possibility that COVID-19 was from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Laboratory in China.
Responding to a question on whether he was still confident the virus came from nature, Fauci said he was “not convinced about that.”
Daily Mail reports:
‘No actually,’ he replied. ‘I am not convinced about that, 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.’
Now, there is far more media coverage on the possibility the virus leaked from the lab and a Wall Street Journal exclusive cited sick staff members in the Wuhan lab prior to the pandemic.
Three Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a U.S. intelligence report that could add to calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the lab https://t.co/kzvVbFQZDf
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 23, 2021
— New York Post (@nypost) May 23, 2021
Tucker Carlson reacted Monday to revelations that suggest the COVID-19 virus may have originated from a lab in Wuhan, a theory that had been dismissed by the media and so-called health experts dating back more than a year. https://t.co/vPykB4TUwD
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 25, 2021
Even the Chinese state-run Global Times attacked Fauci.
Business Insider reports:
“US elites degenerate further in morality, and Fauci is one of them,” was the headline of an opinion piece by the outlet’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, this week.
Last year, former President Trump suspected the virus came from a China lab.
Earlier this year, former CDC Director Robert Redfield said he believed the virus originated in a lab in China.
Former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield to @NewDay (@CNN):
"I still think the most likely aetiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory. You know: escaped. Other people don't believe that. That's fine. Science will eventually figure it out" pic.twitter.com/T7SwRMsREM
— Francisco de Asis (@franciscodeasis) March 26, 2021
Critics of Fauci commented on social media.
Wait, so now Dr. Fauci's saying the NIH DID fund WIV studies?
Then again, it's Tuesday. It was about time for a position reversal. https://t.co/R12Vdy5nkR
— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) May 25, 2021
— Rob Finnerty (@FinnertyUSA) May 25, 2021
Fauci dismissed China's role in COVID leak.
Fauci funded it.
Fauci pushed for lockdowns.
Fauci helped China with PR.
Fauci made money from vaccines.
Fauci pushed for vaccine passports.
The corporate media just got caught doing a U-Turn on item #1. There's a long way to go.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) May 25, 2021
Rasmussen Reports found most voters believe Fauci’s decisions were influenced by politics.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) May 26, 2021
Fauci’s credibility is beyond questionable over his handling of the pandemic and now it includes his flip-flopping over the origins of the virus.