Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called on China to publish the medical records of nine people whose illnesses could provide vital signs of whether COVID-19 first appeared as a result of a laboratory leak, the Financial Report said. Times on Thursday
“I would like to see the medical records of the three people who were reported to be ill in 2019. Did they really get sick and, if so, what did they get sick of?” the report https://on.ft.com/3igFTgU reported that Fauci mentioned about three of the nine.
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The origin of the virus is strongly disputed, while the US intelligence services are still examining reports that researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan were seriously ill in 2019, a month before the first COVID-19 cases were reported.
However, Chinese scientists and officials have consistently denied the laboratory leak, saying the virus could have spread to other areas before it hit Wuhan and could even enter China through imported frozen food shipments or wildlife trade.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, declined to comment directly on whether China would release the nine files, but categorically denied that the lab was linked to the COVID-19 outbreak.
A regular briefing on Friday quoted a March 23 statement from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as saying that no staff or alumni had been confirmed to be infected with the virus.
Wang reiterated China’s position that reports of a laboratory leak were a “conspiracy theory.”
The Financial Times reported that Fauci still believed the virus was first transmitted to humans through animals, noting that even if the laboratory researchers had COVID-19, they could have been infected with the disease from the general population.