Video-Fauci Still a Lab Leak Denier, Says COVID-19 Could Have Resulted From a ‘Natural Occurrence’
Former Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci has long disputed the so-called ‘lab leak’ theory surrounding the origins of the Covid-19 virus.
During a CNN interview with Jim Acosta on Saturday, Fauci was forced to defend previous claims about the Covid-19 virus originating from ‘natural causes’ rather than a lab leak.
The debate was reignited after leading government agencies, including the Department of Energy and FBI, concluded that a lab leak likely originated the virus.
Fauci defended the belief that the virus originated from natural causes by saying that the lab leak and natural-cause theory could be true simultaneously.
“A lab leak could be that someone was out in the wild, maybe looking for different types of viruses in bats, got infected, went into a lab, was being studied in a lab, and then came out of the lab. But if that’s the definition of lab leak, then that’s still a natural occurrence,” Fauci said.
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“The other possibility is someone takes a virus from the environment that doesn’t actually spread very well in humans and manipulates it a bit, and accidentally it escapes or accidentally infects someone, and then you get an outbreak,” he further said.
Fauci also responded to a question about some Republican legislators who believed he should have been fired during his tenure as Chief Medical Advisor or even criminally prosecuted.
“I mean, prosecute me for what? What are, what are they talking about? I mean I wish I could figure out what the heck they were talking about. I think they’re just going off the deep end,” He said.
⚠️Fauci is asked about Elon Musk’s “My Pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci” Tweet:
“There’s no response to that craziness… I mean — prosecute me for what?!” pic.twitter.com/W8PPIGLhgY
— frank baeman (@DonBauman61) March 12, 2023
Fauci also attempted to refute the idea that Covid-19 originated from a lab leak by saying a pandemic has never arisen from one before.
“There are no lab leaks that have led to pandemics, so there have been accidents in the lab. That happens intermittently. We’ve had experiences with that in modern times, recently, but there has never been a situation where a virus escaped from a lab that’s a brand-new virus that no one has ever seen before that led to a pandemic. That has not happened,” he said.
While he suggested that he would keep an ‘open mind’ about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said that studies from experts in the virology field have ‘suggested that it was a natural occurrence from an animal to a human. But strongly suggesting, Jim, doesn’t nail it down definitively. And that’s the reason why I say to this day I will keep a completely open mind as to what the origin is’
Some Twitter users accused Fauci of intellectual dishonesty, with one user saying that he had to ‘tie himself in knots’ to defend the conclusion that Covid-19 was a natural occurrence.
The absolute knots you must tie yourself into to maintain the formerly approved opinions on Covid origins and mask mandate efficacy and school closures. https://t.co/XAkP1VlFN8
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 12, 2023
Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky. also took a shot at Fauci, saying that people who listen to him are drinking ‘kool-aid.’
How much kool-aid does one have to drink to believe anything this man says? https://t.co/BfG1DuJYFd
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 12, 2023