Even with the information surfacing from a trove of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails, it is hard to tell when he might have known about three scientists from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology being hospitalized in November 2019 before the Chinese announced the illness, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Friday.
“He obviously has a security clearance and gets briefed, but I’m not sure that what happened in November was known in November,” Gottlieb, now a CNBC medical contributor, said on the network’s “Squawk Box.” “Some of this information may have been accrued on a lookback.”
Meanwhile, Fauci has stood firm on his hypothesis that the coronavirus came from nature, not from lab engineering, although he has said he’s keeping an open mind, Gottlieb said that is not unusual, considering Fauci’s background as an immunologist.
“Tony, Dr. Fauci, was getting briefed by a lot of the folks in the scientific community who were virologists looking at the sequence and they didn’t make a bad judgment,” said Gottlieb. “They looked at the sequence that initially they had some concerns about, and on deeper analysis, they thought that the genetic diversity they saw in the sequence could have been derived