Epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, who coordinates the medical response to the US coronavirus pandemic, has assured that there are no tests to suspect it came from a Chinese laboratory, as US President Donald Trump argued. and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Fauci, director of the United States’ National Institute for Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with National Geographic about the possible source of the virus, in which he, like the World Health Organization (WHO), said it was most likely of animal origin.
So he found that “if you watch the development of the virus in bats and what is there now”, everything indicates that “it could not be artificially or deliberately manipulated”. Instead, Fauci points out that the virus, as far as known, “developed in nature and then jumped between species”.
The epidemiologist has avoided “circular discussions” about the first steps of the pandemic originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, although his statements debunk the thesis of leaders who, like Trump, have questioned the versions given by both Beijing and by Beijing the WHO.
The President and Fauci have had conflicting views at different times in the past few weeks, to the point that the White House blocked an expert’s appearance in front of the House of Representatives to explain the organization’s response.