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Dr Anthony Fauzi, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before a Senate panel on Thursday about his illness, a day after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

When asked if there were any advances in understanding the source of COVID-19, the researchers concluded that it was “very, very likely” to have its origin in the animal species.

In addition, Fauzi said the disease is “almost certainly” transmitted to humans in the Wuhan area of ​​China.

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“Numerous papers have come in from highly qualified virologists and viral phylogeneticists, most likely from the jumping host, possibly by the intermediate host, indicating that the human race is a jumping race. The human population originated almost certainly in Wuhan, China.”

Fauzi accepted the popular theory among the U.S. public that the virus originated through a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Anthony Fauzi, White House Chief Medical Adviser and Director of the White House Kovid-19 Response Team, will participate with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus.  Monday, December 27, 2021, in Washington.

Dr. Anthony Fauzi, White House Chief Medical Adviser and Director of the White House Kovid-19 Response Team, will attend with the National Governors Association at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus. Monday, December 27, 2021, in Washington.
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“We are still open and always keep an open mind about whether it is isolated in the environment and associated with a virus that has entered the lab, and then a lot of people call it a ‘lab leak’,” he said. Continued.

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Fauzi says researchers keep an “open mind”, arguing that most of the evidence supports a natural phenomenon.

When asked if China would co-operate in research on the origin of COVID-19, Fouzi dismissed expectations for any meaningful answers.

“I absolutely hope so, because we can not get a definite answer – I mean, even if they cooperate, we may not do so,” he told the Senate panel.

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He said that whether the Chinese government cooperates or not, the United States should not be hostile to them or risk losing their cooperation on future issues.

He concluded, “But certainly, for example, if we want to continue to spy on the bat population and other wildlife that serves as a mediator host – as well as to understand what’s going on in some of their laboratories – I think this is very necessary. There must be cooperation and cooperation with the Chinese.”