Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, flipped on the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
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.’
Last year, Fauci expressed extreme doubt about the lab accident hypothesis and strongly asserted the virus was from nature.
CBS News reports:
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,”
Fauci’s remarks last year appeared to be timed to reject the lab origin promoted by then-President Trump and then- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Dinesh D’Souza provided his analysis of Fauci’s comments at the PolitiFact event.
Dr. Fauci now admits that Covid-19 might have come from the Wuhan lab. Here are the implications of his stunning change of heart on this. pic.twitter.com/s0tBl6MS4m
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 23, 2021
Watch Fauci discuss claims made against him during the PolitiFact event.
Fauci’s sudden reversal is timed with a number of news stories that describe the accumulating evidence that the virus did indeed escape from the Wuhan lab.
Moreover, some of the stories are highlighting the fact that funds from Fauci’s NIH unit funded virus research at the Wuhan lab possibly linking him to the creation of the pandemic. The funding was through an intermediary organization called the EcoHealth Alliance.
Fauci’s role in funding the Wuhan lab surfaced in a recent Senate hearing where he sparred with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
Dr. Fauci gets grilled by Senator Rand Paul on China’s Wuhan lab.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 18, 2021
Following the hearing, Paul provided evidence that Fauci did fund gain-of-function research.
Dr. Fauci claims the NIH “never” funded 'gain of function research (the creation of superviruses). This document obtained through the freedom of information act shows that the NIH in 2014 stopped 19 ‘gain-of-function’ experiments… https://t.co/uRNqzQsUE6
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 18, 2021
Paul elaborated during an interview on Fox News’s Fox & Friends.
The posturing by Fauci is a typical response by a politician and not a research scientist.
Such political survival skills explains his multi-decade role at NIH.