Fauci on Covid lab leak idea: ‘I have a completely open mind’

“Even when there’s nothing to hide, they act in a suspicious, non-transparent way,” Fauci stated of the Chinese authorities.

A report this fall from Vanity Fair and ProPublica, which stated the Wuhan Institute of Virology handled an unspecified emergency on the time Covid-19 started, introduced again to the forefront a debate about whether or not the virus may have come from a lab.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in a separate interview Sunday, Fauci stated he’d prefer to know “all of the details of what went on with the original people who were infected.”

On “Meet the Press,” he additionally criticized that authorities’s strict ongoing response to Covid-19, which has sparked recent protests among people in China.

“Their approach has been very, very severe and rather draconian in the kinds of shutdowns without a seeming purpose,” Fauci stated to host Chuck Todd.

Ashish Jha, coordinator of the White House’s Covid-19 response, added Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that “lockdown and zero Covid is going to very difficult to sustain.”

Chinese authorities officers, beneath President Xi Jinping, have adopted a “zero Covid” policy towards the illness, leading to widespread lockdowns and journey restrictions in current days.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, stated Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” he didn’t but know whether or not the protests would quantity to a actual risk towards Xi’s management.

“These dictators unfortunately have pretty sophisticated means of staying in power,” Murphy stated.

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