Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Sen. Rand Paul's accusation that the NIH had anything to do with the creation of the virus is "preposterous," but he is still "not convinced" that COVID-19 developed naturally.
"It is really unfortunate that he brought that up," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about Sen. Paul's comments.
"There is a lot of cloudiness around the origins of COVID-19 still, so I wanted to ask, are you still confident that it developed naturally?" PolitiFact's Katie Sanders asked Fauci at a May 11 event titled "United Facts of America: A Festival of Fact-Checking."
"No actually, that's the point I said," Fauci said. "No, I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened."
"Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus," he also said.