Re: "(For the record I hasten to add I haven't formed the opinion that the whole thing has been a giant hoax/conspiracy.)"
"A leading infectious disease expert, Kristian Andersen, emailed Dr Fauci referring to the Indian study saying that some of the features of the virus looked engineered. But he did not announce it in public. This reveals that Dr Fauci was already aware of the man-made nature of the virus but he did not inform the public about the same.
Further, Professor Madhav Nalpat, the Director of the Department of Geopolitics & International Relations at Manipal University claimed on Indian television that Dr Fauci threatened to tarnish reputations and destroy careers of scientists.
“What is even more disgusting is the cover-up. Any scientist who spoke up was strictly warned that his career would be destroyed should he speak against Dr Fauci,” said Prof Nalapat." Go to: https://greatgameindia.com/fauci-threatened-indian-scientists-aids/ 1 for full article.
Biohazard : The Silent Threat From Biomedical Research And The Creation Of AIDS: A Report By The National Anti-Vivisection Society: http://v.blandiose.org/2219.html