(FreedomBeacon.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is doubling down on his insistence that former President Donald Trump was wrong to accuse the Wuhan Institute of Virology of leaking the COVID-19 virus – potentially in an effort to defend himself and his institute against accusations they provided funding for virus research that could have indirectly caused the pandemic.
Fauci joined a top official from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Yuan Zhiming, in citing a paper that he says shows the “most likely” origin of the virus is nature.
Citing the same paper as the director of the biosafety lab in Wuhan doesn’t strike him as perhaps a conflict of interest?
Fauci told CNN that a paper from July argued that the most likely explanation for the emergence of the virus is “natural evolution from an animal reservoir to a human.” He said that he is open to the idea that it leaked from a lab, but insisted that he does not believe that was the case.
Fauci said that the paper was put together by 21 “respected virologists and evolutionary biologists,” including scientists from the Wuhan lab who have an interest in arguing that the virus did not come from their facility. He said that they feel the more likely explanation of the origin of the virus is that it jumped from an animal to a human.
The paper, titled “The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review,” claims that a “substantial body of scientific evidence” supports a “zootonic origin” for the virus.
It was cited by Yuan Zhiming during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, during which China announced that they would reject a second investigation by the World Health Organization at the Wuhan lab.
When China is rejecting a new investigation in Wuhan and citing the same papers as Dr. Anthony Fauci, shouldn’t the mainstream media be asking some pretty tough questions on this?