Anthony Fauci jested that coronavirus emerged not from China, but from his kitchen Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. © AFP / KEVIN DIETSCH

Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser joked on Tuesday that it was he who concocted coronavirus in his kitchen, in an apparent attempt to mock the proponents of anti-science rhetoric that is still widespread in the United States.

Dr. Anthony Fauci sat down with his friend and colleague Dr. Larry Corey in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center campus in Seattle, Washington to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to the Covid czar, Corey noted that the event was being held in the state of Washington, “at the epicenter of the initial outbreak.” He was apparently referring to the first case of Covid-19 on US soil, which was brought in by an American who had returned home to the Seattle area after visiting Wuhan, the Chinese city from which the virus apparently originated.

Fauci, however, responded with a joke. “No, I developed the ancestral model strain. I created it.”

“You let it loose,” Cory interjected as the audience broke into laughter.

“I was in my kitchen, and…” Fauci said, making a gesture to suggest he dropped something.

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On a more serious note, the White House health adviser said his team is expecting another surge in Covid-19 cases in the US this fall. He also voiced concerns about how much misinformation is being spread about coronavirus and vaccines, even as the pandemic is about to enter its third year.

“It’s still amazing to me that people can still hold onto such untruths. They have so much going on in their lives, that they just accept it as fact,” he said. “And all of a sudden, lying becomes normal.” (RT)