Washington – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and chief epidemiologist of the United States Government, ruled out that the coronavirus that gave rise to COVID-19 was created in a laboratory, which contradicts the version that the president defends DonaldTrump and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, and what there is now (the scientific evidence) tends very, very strongly towards that (the virus) could not be artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said in an interview with National Geographic that this Tuesday they collect the local media ..
The expert added that “everything in the gradual evolution in time strongly indicates that (the coronavirus) evolved in nature and then jumped between species.”RELATED
These statements are in line with those exposed this Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), which ruled out the versions according to which the coronavirus causing COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory when confirming that this pathogen ” it has an animal origin. “
“The coronavirus circulates ancestrally among bats; it is something we know based on the genetic sequence of this virus. What we need to understand is which animal has acted as an intermediary, that is, it was infected by the bats and transmitted it human, “said the head of the WHO Department of Emerging Diseases, María Van Kerkhove, on Monday.
However, President Donald Trump has been insisting that the US government has evidence that the virus originates from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, something that has also been rejected by the United States Intelligence Directorate.
Defense of this theory was added last weekend by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said Sunday that the United States Government has an “enormous amount of evidence” to support President Trump’s claim.
“I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan,” Pompeo said during an interview with ABC News.