| 21 Jun 2021, 14:39 | Update : 21 Jun 2021, 15:05
Dr. Anthony Fauci, US top corona virus advisor, admitted that COVID-19 could be a lab-invention that has been breached the security of the lab. In February 2020, the allegation was claimed by the scientists.
According to a Fox News report, Fauci said that he was open to the corona virus lab leak theory all along, saying acknowledged COVID-19 “could possibly be an engineered virus” with the potential of an accidental leak from a lab but maintains that the most likely origin was through zoonotic transmission.
Amid criticism of an inconclusive international probe into the virus’ origins and new reports of Covid-related illness in the region weeks before it was officially identified, the theory is once again sparking debate that the virus leaked from Wuhan lab.
Earlier this month, a report by Wall Street Journal had stated that three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital care after they fell ill in November 2019, a month before Beijing reported the first patient with COVID-like symptoms.
Fauci discussed a conference call that took place on February 1, 2020, just days after the World Health Organization raised the alert level on COVID-19, calling it a public health emergency of international concern, during an interview with USA Today this week.
“I remember it very well,” Fauci told USA Today. “We decided on the call the situation really needed to be looked into carefully.”
Last month, US President Joe Biden released a rare public statement, revealing that the US intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios” for the origins of COVID-19, “including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident,” and asked for “additional follow-up.”
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers have called for Fauci to testify on his emails, which were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, as US officials try to get to the bottom of the origins of the pandemic.
The White House is defending Fauci amid criticisms, calling him an “undeniable asset” to the country during the pandemic, with President Biden saying he is “very confident” in Fauci.
Fauci, last week, responded to criticisms, saying that the attacks on him “are attacks on science.”