Fauci Now Admits COVID-19 May Have Been “Engineered”

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In an interview this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged that scientists dating back to February 2020 claimed coronaviruses “could have been engineered.”

Fauci acknowledged that COVID-19 could have been engineered. He also admitted there is a potential accidental leak from the lab. However, he maintains that the most plausible origin of the virus is through zoonotic transmission.

The USA Today interview 

During an interview with USA Today, Fauci talked about the conference call back on February 1, 2020; this was a few days before the World Health Organization raised the alert level on coronavirus, calling it a public health emergency of international concern. 

Fauci told the USA today that he remembers it “very well.” He added that they decided to call the situation something that needs to be looked into carefully. 

According to Fauci, the call involves several scientists; including among them is Kristian Andersen.

Andersen is an expert in infectious disease at Scripps Research Translational Institute in California. Andersen also wrote an email to Fauci a day before the conference call, telling Fauci about the “unusual” features of the virus. He adding that some features of the virus look like it was potentially engineered. 

In the same email, Andersen also mentioned that he, together with other experts, thought that the genome sequence of the virus is inconsistent with expectations from national evolutionary theory. However, he noted that these opinions “could still change” after more analyses. 

Fauci: “I always had an open mind.”

This week Fauci told USA today that the meeting was a “very productive” conversation. He added that some people on the call felt like coronavirus could possibly be engineered. He also mentioned that others on the call perceived that the evidence presented is “heavily weighted” towards the natural transmission. 

Fauci then told USA Today that he always had an open mind. Fauci continued, saying that he feels that the origin of the virus is through an animal host. 

Meanwhile, Biden asked the intelligence community to double their efforts in collecting and analyzing information that could help bring the country to a more definitive conclusion. The president also asked for a report in 90 days. 

Biden mentioned that as part of the report, he also asked the intelligence community for further inquiry, which could be required. He furthermore asked them to prepare specific questions for China.

The president later noted that the United States would continue working with “like-minded” partners worldwide; America will moreover press China to participate in a transparent, international investigation and give access to all relevant data and evidence. 

Biden also asked for a report on whether the virus first started in China from an animal source or an incident in a laboratory.

The president’s decision to look into China’s role in the origin of coronavirus shows the escalation of the controversy on how COVID-19 started.