A top US infectious disease expert has called on China to reveal medical records of three researchers, which may provide vital clues on how coronavirus first emerged.
"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?" Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday.
According to Fauci, the records could help define the origins of the virus. He also asked for the records of six miners who got sick after entering a bat cave years ago.
“The same with the miners who got ill years ago ... What do the medical records of those people say? Was there [a] virus in those people? What was it?" he said. "It is entirely conceivable that the origins of Sars-Cov-2 was in that cave and either started spreading naturally or went through the lab."
The US intelligence continues its investigation on reports that several scientists at Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory had fallen ill just before the virus was first detected in the city on Dec. 8, 2019.