TUCKER Carlson claimed Dr Anthony Fauci and the US government helped to cover up the origins of Covid-19.

On Thursday, Carlson touted the theory that coronavirus came from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, and claimed US government knew about it all along.

"The whole thing was a fraud, and yet it worked," the Fox News host said on Tucker Carlson Tonight as he accused Fauci and other US officials of hiding the origins of the deadly virus.

"These are Americans working to hide the truth of the origin of Covid-19 from a country that’s been destroyed by [it]," Carlson raged.

"You can’t prevent outbreaks unless you know where they came from, and yet federal bureaucrats prevented us from learning where this one came from."

"The lab leak theory, it turns out, was never crazy," Carlson said. "It was always likely true. So why did they lie to us about it for so long?"

Carlson said anyone who believed Covid escaped from a Wuhan lab early on in the pandemic was ostracized and met with "smirking about anti-Asian racism and conspiracy theories."

He referenced an extensive report published on Thursday by Vanity Fair about the origins of the coronavirus by reporting on what scientists and researchers said as the pandemic unfolded in 2020.

The whole thing was a fraud, and yet it worked.

However, Carlson slammed the publication as a "celebrity suck-up magazine."

"Some within the U.S. government helped them cover it up. They knew all of this was going on," Carlson said. "But they buried the truth too. Because their interests were aligned with the interest of the Chinese government."

Carlson's theory is that research funding would "dry up" if it was discovered the Covid spread through a lab leak.

"In short, many research scientists are addicted to tax dollars," Carlson said.

"If the public understood just how recklessly they’ve behaved — endangering the entire world with their weird little experiments in poorly relegated labs in China — the money might dry up."

In February 2020, The Lancet, a respected medical journal, published a statement against the lab leak theory – and Carlson indicated that this was part of some sort of bizarre cover-up.

"The letter declared flatly and for all time that the coronavirus did not originate in a lab in Wuhan, and you’d have to be a bigot to believe otherwise," Carlson said. "It was in The Lancet, everyone trusts The Lancet."

Carlson took aim at Fauci, who said early on that there was no scientific evidence that Covid was created in a lab.

Fauci is the Director of the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

"Tony Fauci himself cited (the Lancet) letter as proof the virus wasn't caused by research he was funding," Carlson said, referencing controversy over whether the NIH funded research in a Wuhan lab.

Fauci told National Geographic in May 2020 that he believed the virus evolved naturally.

"If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, and what's out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this [virus] could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated – the way the mutations have naturally evolved," Fauci told National Geographic.

"A number of very qualified evolutionary biologists have said that everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that it evolved in nature and then jumped species," Fauci continued.

Carlson pulled quotes that contradict Fauci.

He included one from Jamie Metzl, a former National Security Council official, who told CNN in April 2020 the lab leak is a possible theory.

"But I think that if I had to just bet just based on what I've read and logic, I would bet it's most likely this was an accidental leak from a lab," Metzl said.

"But there's really no way for now for anyone on the outside to prove that," Metzl's quote continued.

Fauci has since changed his position, saying he's "not convinced" that Covid-19 developed naturally.

"I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened," he said last month.

The NIH and the White House have both called for investigations into Covid's origins.

Fauci received backlash after a slew of his emails were made public following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The emails show his communications with a Chinese health official early on in the pandemic.

Fauci now says they are being taken out of context, dismissing accusations that he disregarded the lab-leak theory early on at the request of Chinese officials.

"I keep an open mind all the time. And that’s the reason why I have been public that we should continue to look for the origin," Fauci told CNN.

"That email — you can misconstrue it however you want — that email was from a person to me saying thank you for whatever it is he thought I said, and I said that I think the most likely origin is a jumping of species.

"I still do think it is at the same time as I’m keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak."

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