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Fauci calls on China to release medical records of Wuhan laboratory workers

Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, listens during a hearing in the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services subcommittee and examines the budgets for the National Institute of Health and Medical Research at Capitol Hill in Washington on May 26, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger / Pool / Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci called on China to release the medical records of nine people whose ailments could provide vital clues as to whether COVID-19 first emerged as a result of a laboratory leak, the Financial Times Reported Thursday.

‘I would like to see the medical records of the three people who allegedly became ill in 2019. Did they really get sick, and if so, with what did they get sick? ‘ the report quoted Fauci.

The Foreign Ministry released a fact sheet on January 15 stating that researchers from a Chinese virology laboratory in Wuhan were seriously ill in 2019, a month before the first COVID-19 cases were reported.

Chinese scientists and officials have consistently rejected the hypothesis of laboratory leaks, claiming that the virus could have spread to other regions before it hit Wuhan and even entered China through imports of frozen food or trade in wildlife.

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Security personnel guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team that was to investigate the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) investigation on February 3 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 2021. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, declined to comment directly on whether China would release the records.

The Financial Times reported that Fauci still believes that the virus was first transmitted to humans by animals, pointing out that even if laboratory researchers had COVID-19, they could have contracted the disease from the wider population.

By Eva Mathews

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