“I have a completely open mind about that, despite people saying that I don’t,” the doctor said, adding that he still believes the “preponderance of evidence” points to natural origin
BY PETER WADE
AS HE PREPARES to exit the government role he has occupied for decades as well as his position as Chief White House medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged the possibility that Covid-19 originated in a lab while stating that the evidence still points to a natural origin of the virus.
Appearing Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fauci said he has a “completely open mind” when it comes to finding out how Covid-19 originated and spread.
“I have a completely open mind about that, despite people saying that I don’t. I have a totally open mind about that,” Fauci told host Chuck Todd. “But if you look at the preponderance of evidence that has been accumulated by international group of highly respected, evolutionary virologists, they feel and they’ve written peer reviewed papers on that, that the evidence strongly points to this being a natural occurrence of a jumping of a virus from a bat to an animal species to human, hasn’t been definitively proven. But the evidence on that is pretty strong. Having said that, we still all have to keep an open mind as to what the origin is.”