Top US infectious illness adept Dr. Anthony Fauci has called connected China to merchandise the aesculapian records of 9 radical whose ailments mightiness supply captious clues into whether COVID-19 archetypal emerged arsenic the effect of a lab leak, the Financial Times reported connected Thursday.
"I would similar to spot the aesculapian records of the 3 radical who are reported to person got sick successful 2019. Did they truly get sick, and if so, what did they get sick of?" the study quoted Fauci arsenic saying.
The root of the microorganism is hotly contested, with U.S. quality agencies inactive examining reports that researchers astatine a Chinese virology laboratory successful Wuhan were earnestly sick successful 2019, a period earlier the archetypal COVID-19 cases were reported.
However, Chinese scientists and officials person consistently rejected the laboratory leak hypothesis, saying the microorganism could person been circulating successful different regions earlier it deed Wuhan and mightiness person adjacent entered China done imported frozen nutrient shipments oregon wildlife trading.
The Financial Times reported that Fauci continues to judge the microorganism was archetypal transmitted to humans done animals, pointing retired that adjacent if the laboratory researchers did person COVID-19, they could person contracted the illness from the wider population.