Dr. Anthony Fauci says science proves coronavirus was not concocted in a lab, but evolved naturally.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told National Geographic that scientific evidence indicates the virus was developed in nature.
He said politicians saying otherwise are in a “circular argument.”
“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 told the publication on Monday.
Based on the scientific evidence, he said the coronavirus wasn’t accidentally released from a lab either.
He said keeping up with all the new reports on the coronavirus is like “drinking from a fire hydrant.”
He said he has a team of three or four to help go through information. The team only passes on research that looks promising, he said.
“Then when all of these studies come across my desk, I read the title and the abstract. If it looks feasible, I'll put it aside and try and read it. When it's something that they think I should read, they make sure I read it,” he said. “Even with that screening process, it's still very difficult to consume everything that's out there."
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