The theory that the novel coronavirus came from a “lab leak” in Wuhan, China, was too quickly shut down at the start of the pandemic, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.
Rice, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” also backed former President Donald Trump’s early travel restrictions to China — and gave the Biden administration advice on how to get answers on COVID’s origins.
“The first is to recognize that there was too much of a tendency early on to dismiss this possibility of a laboratory leak,” she said.
“And I think the press bears some responsibility for this,” she went on.
“’Well, it had be animal to human transmission, these were conspiracy theories about a laboratory leak,’ – and, in fact, some of the evidence was right in front of our faces.”
She said safety practices were already known to be substandard.
“When we knew that there were patients back in November that had suspicious