Dr. Birx on coronavirus lab origin theory: ‘We’re still a long way from figuring it out’

U.S. officials are investigating whether the coronavirus could have been accidentally spread from the virology lab in Wuhan, China — not a wet market, as the communist regime initially insisted.

Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said Sunday that there isn’t any “concrete evidence” to support the lab accident theory yet — but she didn’t rule it out either.

“It’s going to take us a while”

Where and how the new coronavirus originated came up for discussion near the end of an interview with Birx on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program on Sunday morning, the Washington Examiner reported. Host Margaret Brennan asked, “Could this outbreak just be the result of a lab accident?”

“You know, anytime we have a new virus, it’s important to figure out its origins. And I think we’re still a long way from figuring it out,” Birx replied. “It took us decades to figure out HIV and Ebola.”

“It’s going to take us a while to really map and trace this- this particular virus, map it through its experience in humans and get the scientific evidence of where this virus originated,” she added. “We know it originated in China. We just don’t know specifically how and where.”

Figuring this out is “really critical”

Brennan pointed out that Birx seemed to leave the door open to the possibility that the outbreak originated from a lab, but Birx still stopped short of confirming the theory.

“I don’t have any evidence that it was a laboratory accident. I also don’t know precisely where it originated,” the doctor said. “So until we have the concrete evidence which we struggled with, with other pandemics and other zoonotic events.”

“These are zoonotic events. They come from animals into humans. And so figuring that out will be really critical as well as figuring out could it have happened in the lab. Right now, the general consensus is animal to human,” she added.

Lab accident or wet market? Either way, China bears responsiblity

The lab origin theory is not entirely new and has been mentioned by some as a possibility since the early stages of the outbreak — though it has been widely criticized by the communist Chinese regime and U.S. media outlets echoing the communist propaganda.

The theory has taken on a whole new life, however, after recent reports indicated that U.S. intelligence agencies were investigating the possibility with “increasing confidence.” The lab, which is known to have studied bat coronaviruses, has denied any link to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. is not the only country to turn a critical eye on China. On Sunday, Fox News reported that Australia announced that they would launch an investigation of China’s actions in relation to the outbreak, citing a “high point of concern” about the Chinese government’s transparency.

Regardless of what the investigations ultimately find, the communist Chinese regime bears a level of responsibility for the pandemic, at the very least for covering up the initial outbreak and failing to contain it before it began to spread around the globe.

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