Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, Anthony Fauci never left a stone unturned to insist that the virus couldn’t have come from a Chinese lab. But earlier this month, Rand Paul dragged Anthony Fauci over spreading misinformation about the pandemic and Fauci “backpedaled” over his views on the origin of the virus. And hours after Rand Paul’s grilling, Fauci changed his tone.
"No actually. "I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened."
He made the above statement when asked if he was still confident about his theory of the natural origin of the COVID-19 virus. He further nervously added, "Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus,"
Fauci’s NIH “funded a number of projects that involved WIV scientists, including much of the Wuhan lab's work with bat coronaviruses. In 2017, Fauci’s agency funded a controversial grant without seeking approval from a government oversight body. In 2014, the Obama administration temporarily suspended federal funding for gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses. Four months down the line, Fauci’s NIH shifted this research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Apart from this, “the WIV "had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U.S. universities and institutions for years under the leadership of Dr. Shi 'Batwoman' Zhengli” according to the Washington Post's Josh Rogin.
What a smart move by Fauci; he suddenly put his hands in the air to prove his innocence over the matter!