Dr. Anthony Fauci has reportedly called on China to release the medical records of nine people who fell sick with COVID-like illness — saying they might provide vital clues into whether the deadly virus first emerged as the result of a lab leak in Wuhan.
The records concern three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology who reportedly fell ill in November 2019, and six miners who became sick after entering a bat cave in 2012, according to the Financial Times.
Scientists from the institute later visited the cave to take samples from the bats. Three of the miners died.
“I would like to see the medical records of the three people who are reported to have got sick in 2019. Did they really get sick, and if so, what did they get sick with?” Fauci told the Financial Times on Thursday about some in the group.
Chinese State Media CCTV offered a rare glimpse inside the Wuhan Institute