As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, new questions have emerged about the origin of the virus and whether one of its more pathogenic variants, Delta, may have originated from Pfizer Inc.'s India operations.
A Pfizer executive claims in a video that the company had been exploring ways to "mutate" the coronavirus via "directed evolution" by experimenting on monkeys and the Delta variant, which is more contagious, was discovered in India a month after Pfizer announced its monkey research.
“Promise you won’t tell anyone. The way [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them," the Pfizer executive says.
Abbott Laboratories' Michigan plant, which was at the center of the U.S. baby formula shortage last year, faces a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
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