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How the Liberal Media Dismissed the Lab-Leak Theory and Smeared Its Supporters
Reporters turned an ambiguous story into “moral clarity.”The hypothesis is far from proven. But this account of the virus’s origins is highly plausible, and at least as well-grounded as the original story of an infection that naturally leapt from a bat to a person.
Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said on Sunday that lab leaks "happen all the time" while discussing the theory that COVID-19 may have emerged from a Chinese lab in the city of Wuhan.
"These kinds of lab leaks happen all the time, actually. Even here in the United States we've had mishaps. And in China, the last six known outbreaks of SARS-1 have been out of labs, including the last known outbreak, which was a pretty extensive outbreak that China initially wouldn't disclose that it came out of lab," Gottlieb told host John Dickerson on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Trump has 'very little doubt' COVID-19 originated at Wuhan lab
Former President Donald Trump says he has “very, very little doubt” COVID-19 originated at a Wuhan laboratory as an increasing number of politicians and scientists say the lab leak hypothesis needs to be further investigated. © Provided by Washington Examiner Dan Bongino had Trump on as a guest for the inaugural episode of his new radio program, The Dan Bongino Show, on Monday, and they talked about the potential origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Did you say ‘potential’? I don’t know, I think you could get the word ‘potential’ out,” Trump quipped, adding, “You said ‘potential’ that it came from the lab.
"These kinds of lab leaks happen all the time,"- Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) says of COVID-19 lab-leak theory. "Even here in the United States, we've had mishaps. In China, the last six known outbreaks of SARS-1 have been out of labs."
Top U.S. public health officials are experts and to the need for an investigation to probe the origins of COVID-19, especially the possibility that it originated in a lab in Wuhan, after that theory was initially dismissed.
While scientists have not uncovered decisive evidence that the virus leaked from a lab, they also have not discovered definitive proof that the virus originated in animals before jumping to humans, which has prompted some officials to call for a deeper investigation.
Timeline of What Dr. Fauci Has Said About the Wuhan Lab and COVID's Origins
Though accused of flip-flopping on the origins COVID-19, Fauci defends his stance as being consistent.Fauci has faced backlash for adjusting his stance on the COVID-19 response over the course of the pandemic, including the issue of mask-wearing, but has defended changing his views as knowledge of the virus evolved. Having once dismissed the possibility that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the novel coronavirus as a "circular argument," his admission this month that the lab could be the starting point prompted criticism.
Additionally, earlier this month that a number of researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick with flu-like symptoms and required hospitalization in November 2019, a month before the Chinese government said it discovered Wuhan's first case of COVID-19.
President Biden on Wednesday asked the U.S. intelligence community to to determine a definitive conclusion regarding the disease's origins in the next 90 days.
Biden vowed to of the intelligence community's review.
Gottlieb, who served as FDA Commissioner under former President Trump, added that while the theory that COVID-19 originated from an animal "really hasn't budged," the argument that the illness could have emerged from a lab "has continued to expand."
Gottlieb made similar comments in an interview last week, adding that he to how COVID-19 originated. He said if the virus did, indeed, originate in a lab, the truth will not emerge without a whistleblower.
"I don't think we're ever going to get to the bottom of this," Gottlieb said. "Because unless we have a whistleblower - assuming it did come out of a lab, and I'm not saying it did, but assuming it did - unless we have a whistleblower or a regime change in China, you're not going to truly find out."
Gottlieb calls for "broader view" in assessment of coronavirus origin .
"We need to have a broader view about the potential risk that this was a lab leak," Gottlieb said Sunday on "Face the Nation.""We have other information now that fits into this picture. The science is one piece of information, but there's a lot of other information that points in the direction that this could have come out of a lab, that we need to have a broader view about the potential risk that this was a lab leak," Gottlieb said Sunday on "Face the Nation," referring to the possibility that the virus accidentally spread from a viral laboratory in Wuhan, China.