According to some reports, they fell ill in November 2019, the Financial Times newspaper writes.
Anthony Fauci, director of the American National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, called on China to release the medical data of some patients whose diseases, in his opinion, may shed light on the origin of the new coronavirus infection. This was reported on Friday by the Financial Times newspaper.
We are talking about the medical records of three employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who, according to some sources, fell ill in November 2019, as well as six miners who felt ill after they visited a cave inhabited by bats in 2012. Three miners later died of the disease. Scientists from the institute visited this cave to take samples from bats. “I would like to review the medical records of three people who are reported to have fallen ill in 2019. Did they really get sick? If so, with what?” Fauci asked, as quoted by the newspaper.
“It’s the same with the miners who got sick many years ago. What do these people’s medical records say? Did they have the virus? What was that? The origin of SARS-CoV-2 may be related to this cave. Either the virus began to spread naturally, or passed through the laboratory,” suggested the chief infectious disease specialist of the United States.
Controversy about the origin of the virus
At the end of May, US President Joe Biden said that the US intelligence community currently does not have enough information to say with certainty how the spread of the new coronavirus began: from human contact with an infected animal or an incident in the laboratory. The American leader instructed the intelligence community to “redouble its efforts again” to study all available data and prepare a new report on this topic for it in 90 days.
The Wall Street Journal newspaper on May 23, citing US intelligence data, made a statement that at least three Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were seriously ill in November 2019. This supposedly may speak in favor of the theory of the artificial origin of the new coronavirus. As stated earlier by the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian, media publications that several scientists of the institute were treated in a hospital in November 2019, that is, before the Chinese authorities reported the appearance of a then-unknown disease, do not correspond to reality.