Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he would “absolutely” support a 9/11-style commission to investigate the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic — and that he still hasn’t ruled out that the virus originated from the Wuhan wet markets.
The White House Chief medical advisor said that he believes that there will be a similar investigation into the pandemic in which a bipartisan group would look at what led to the crisis as well as the government’s failings.
“I think what’s going to happen is that you are going to see that for sure, Margaret,” Fauci told CBS anchor Magaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “I think the lack of doing that now is because you’re focusing on getting this thing under control.”
Asked whether he wants there to be a probe, Fauci said, “Oh, I absolutely want one.”
Fauci said that he would be “astounded” if the country didn’t take the steps to study the crisis response after more than 40 million Americans have become infected by the virus, including 760,000 who have died.
Given the staggering numbers, the public should not imagine that the country wouldn’t “look back at this and tear it apart, examine it, do an autopsy on it and try and figure it out,” Fauci said.
An investigation into the pandemic would involve a bipartisan group looking at what led to the crisis as well as the government’s failings.CBS
“People should not think that that’s not going to happen. It’s not happening now because everybody’s focusing on getting this thing under control,” Fauci said.
He added that he believes the Biden administration will also back the investigation.
“I think once we get it on the much better control, you’re going to start seeing a real close examination of that,” he said.
Asked about the origins of the virus, Fauci said that he hasn’t ruled out that it jumped to humans from a wet market in Wuhan.
“What the Chinese did, I don’t have firsthand knowledge of that, but the people who were reporting it, who investigated what they did is they cleaned out the markets as soon as it turned out that it was clear that there were clusters coming from the market,” he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hasn’t ruled out that COVID-19 jumped to humans from a wet market in Wuhan.CBS
“Which, you know, in typical fashion, I think trying to make sure that things don’t get pointed to them, they probably got rid of the animals that were the intermediary hosts there.”
Fauci also responded to Beijing’s assertion that the virus did not come from the market.
“I don’t think you could say that. I don’t think you can say that. I think you could say we don’t know how and where it originated,” he said.
“There were wet markets in Wuhan that are ample opportunity for a virus to jump from an animal that gets brought in from all parts of China that are very closely related physically to bat enclaves in caves and come to the market. So I don’t think anyone can say that it didn’t come from here or it did come from here..”