Former White House COVID-19 testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, has accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of lying last year about the origins of the CCP virus, as health officials ramp up efforts to probe the hypothesis that the virus emerged from a lab accident.
In May last year, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), claimed that the virus could not have been “artificially or deliberately manipulated” at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)—a possibility that is now receiving wider recognition.
Until last month, the infectious disease expert had maintained that COVID-19 had developed naturally. Fauci told the National Geographic in May 2020 that there’s no scientific evidence that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus was made in a lab.
“Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci told the publication at the time.
“The statement from last year was completely false,” Giroir, former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary, told Fox News’ America’s Newsroom. “There was no pattern of mutations that suggest that it went right from an animal in a natural situation to humans—and there’s still no evidence to show that. So that statement was completely wrong.”
Fauci was being “obviously antagonistic” to the Trump administration, Giroir claimed.
“The [former] president suggested that it could have been a lab leak,” Giroir continued. “So this was obviously in contradiction to a hypothesis that we know is still…the most likely one; it was an antagonistic to the [former] president’s position and to many of the people’s positions within the Trump administration. It was against it. It was contrary.”
Giroir told co-host Bill Hemmer that Fauci strongly pushed the possibility that the CCP virus developed naturally despite a lack of data.
“Fauci … argued very convincingly that this [COVID-19] was something that evolved in nature. There was no data that evolved in nature and there’s still no data,” he said.