WASHINGTON (April 20): Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), the man leading the fight against COVID-19 in the US and the top expert on infectious disease in the country does not believe that the novel coronavirus was made in a lab, Xinhua reported recently.

"A group of highly-qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences in bats as they evolve. The mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human,” Fauci said during a press briefing at the White House recently.

This reaction from Fauci came about as a result of a number of US politicians and media outlets “pushing the conspiracy theory that the virus escaped from a Chinese lab despite lack of hard evidence”, wrote Xinhua.

The Chinese news agency also reported that a study published by Nature Medicine in March stated that researchers said "they do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible."

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