An investigation by Fox News’ Steve Hilton into the origins of the CCP virus that has created the pandemic decimating the world’s people had led back to Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the U.S. commissioned research.

The evidence uncovered “points to the most likely cause of the pandemic, and it’s worse than anything that we have heard so far,” said Hilton.

Ten years ago, a study was done in the Netherlands with ferrets, as they have a respiratory system similar to humans.

Hilton said researchers were trying to determine if a virus can gain the ability to be transmitted through the air, even though it doesn’t have the ability in the beginning, as reported by BizPacReview.

“This led to the creation of an entirely new type of scientific research made possible by advances in gene technology,” he said.

“It was called ‘gain of function virus research.’ The idea was to replicate what had been done with those ferrets in a lab—to take the virus and manipulate the genetic code to make it stronger and powerful. The virus would gain new function, hence the name.’”

Researchers wanted to “learn about treatments and vaccines about the calamity of an actual outbreak,” Hilton noted.

“Despite the controversy surrounding this type of research,” he said, “it always had one steadfast champion, a leading figure in the world of infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci.

His institute funded that first ferret study. At the time, he co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, describing the research as “a risk worth taking … important information and insight can come from generating a potentially dangerous virus in the laboratory.”

Hilton continued. “Shortly before the Obama Administration’s ban on gain of function research in 2014, Dr. Fauci commissioned … a project to assess the risk of new coronaviruses emerging from wild animals like bats—one of the aims was to see what viruses can infect animals and humans.”

Fauci had “continued on by subcontracting it” to the NY based EcoHealth Alliance.

Sharing what he called a “crucial step that has never been reported,” Hilton noted that EcoHealth Alliance then subcontracted the gain of function piece to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“Until now, the only reporting of Dr. Fauci’s role in all of this has been his funding of the Wuhan lab in general,” Hilton said.

“But tonight, we can go further thanks to this paper. We can see the specific activity that Dr. Fauci funded, and it is terrifying—so terrifying that after we reached out to the National Institute of Health, this paper was mysteriously taken off-line on Friday for a while. But we downloaded it weeks ago.”

The project, which continued for three years, involved genetically engineering new viruses from samples of novel coronaviruses obtained from bat feces in a cave in China.

“They infected human cells with them in the lab. And they then showed that their human-made viruses could replicate as a functional virus,” Hilton said.

“Here is the most important part, the genetic changes they made in the lab unlocked a particular doorway into the human body. The virus that causes COVID-19 uses that same exact doorway. To be clear, none of the genetically engineered viruses created in 2017 and reported in this paper were the exact ones we’re dealing with now, but what they confirm was it was possible to make the COVID-19 virus using the technique developed in the Fauci project.”

Hilton said the virus appears to be a combination of two different bat viruses from “completely different species.”

That it’s a naturally occurring virus almost seems impossible, “Multiple different species of bats in south China would have to infect each other, and some other unknown animals, and that either these animals or an infected human will need to have traveled 1000 miles without affecting anyone until they got to Wuhan,” Hilton said.

“We’re not suggesting for a second that the coronavirus was created or released as a bioweapon,” he stressed. “But lab accidents happen—that’s literally the reason the Obama administration stopped this research.”

President Biden has just appointed Dr. Anthony Fauci to be his chief medical officer and serve on the CCP virus (COVID-19) team.

Hilton asks the question: “Why on earth didn’t Dr. Fauci stop it as soon as the Obama moratorium was announced back in 2014?”

“The response from the medical establishment has been shocking,” he added. “Instead of trying to figure out what happened, they have been pushing a cover-up.”

Hilton has called on Fauci to step down. “In the light of the documents and the evidence we presented tonight, that role is completely untenable. Fauci must step aside until we get to the bottom of this in creating, unintentionally, of course, the catastrophic global pandemic.”