A scientist who worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology
prior to the pandemic
downplayed the possibility that the coronavirus
Danielle Anderson, an Australian
virologist, told Bloomberg on Sunday that the virus most likely originated in nature
, but she wasn't "naive enough" to rule out the possibility of a lab error.
Anderson appeared to be responding to a Wall Street
Journal report in May that researchers at the lab became seriously ill in late 2019 from COVID-19-like symptoms, according to US intelligence. Anderson, who specializes in bat-borne viruses, arrived at the lab in November 2019.
were sick, I assumed I would be sick — and I wasn’t,” Anderson told Bloomberg, adding, “I was tested for coronavirus in Singapore before I was vaccinated, and I had never had it.”
Anderson later traveled to Singapore with other Wuhan lab officials and reported no positive cases.
“There was no chatter,” Anderson told Bloomberg, adding, “Scientists are gossipy and excited, and there was nothing unusual going on at that point that would lead you to believe something is going on here.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
, a White House
infectious disease expert, said last month that the lab-leak theory was unlikely but supported a more thorough investigation
. President Joe Biden
said he asked U.S. intelligence to “redouble their efforts” to determine the virus's origins.
Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas
, the top Republican
on the House Foreign Affairs Committee
, stated in May that the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by a lab leak and was covered up by Chinese officials, an idea promoted by former President Donald Trump