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The former head of the Food and Drug Administration said Sunday that the argument for COVID-19 originating in a lab has grown — while the animal source origin theory has “contracted.” “The side of the ledger that suggests that this could have come out of a lab has continued to expand, and the side of the ledger that suggests this has come from of a zoonotic source, come out of nature, really hasn’t budged, and if anything you can argue that that side of the ledger has contracted,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We’ve done an exhaustive search for this so-called intermediate host, the animal that could have been a host to this virus before it spread to human, [and] we have not found such an animal,” Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner from 2017 to April 2019, explained. “We’ve also fully disproven the market, the food market that was originally implicated in the outbreak as the source of the outbreak, so that side of the ledger probably has shrunken.” The Chinese government could provide “exculpatory” evidence showing the virus that caused the pandemic didn’t leak from a lab in Wuhan, but they’ve yet to do so, Gottlieb said.

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