The release of thousands of emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci has prompted renewed calls for his resignation, as evidence mounts that he knew about ‘gain of function’ research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The emails, which cover the period between January and June 2020, were obtained through a Freedom of Information request by BuzzFeed, but many Irish and international mainstream media outlets appear to have overlooked any damning details in favour of covering how pressured Fauci’s job was.
What the emails indicate is not something, after all, that any state or media outlet invested in Fauci’s portrayal of the virus would wish you to know.
The private correspondence demonstrates that what the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was saying privately conflicted strongly with what he was stating in public about the origin of the virus, its likely virulence, and the efficacy of masks,
Indeed his recent evidence to Congress appears to be at odds with what he wrote in the private emails.
So much so, that there have been demands that Fauci face criminal prosecution for allegedly giving a false account of research into the origin of the virus when questioned by Senator Rand Paul about ‘gain of function’ research.
The emails indicate that Fauci knew this type of research, which involves manipulating viruses to become more transmissible and virulent, had been carried out by an American virologist collaborating with the laboratory at Wuhan, despite denying such knowledge during the senator’s questioning.
“Hugh (Auchincloss): It is essential that we speak this AM,” Fauci wrote on 1 February 2020. “Keep your cell phone on … Read this paper as well as the e-mail that I will forward to you now. You will have tasks today that must be done.”
Fauci’s email contained a 2015 Nature Medicine paper titled: “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence.”
One author of that paper was Dr. Shi Zhengli, a Wuhan Institute of Virology scientist known for her work on bat coronaviruses. Fauci also emailed the pdf to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak.
“The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause [in October 2014] but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH,” Auchincloss told Fauci later that day.
“Not sure what that means since Emily is sure that no Coronavirus work has gone through the P3 framework. She will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad.”
Unfortunately for him, only two weeks ago Fauci categorically denied any gain of function research had been carried out under a NIH grant at the Wuhan laboratory.
“Two weeks ago in committee hearing, he [Fauci] said they did not fund any gain-of-function research,” Rand Paul said Wednesday night.
“I quoted that specific paper … He’s worried about this in February of last year, but only two weeks ago he tells me, ‘Oh, it wasn’t gain-of-function research.’”
What was dismissed as the stuff of conspiracy theory appears, well, to have been quite accurate.
“There’s a lot of evidence that he [Fauci] has a great deal of conflict of interest and that if it turns out this virus came from the Wuhan lab — which it looks like it did — that there’s a great deal of culpability and that he was a big supporter of the funding,” Paul said.
“But he also was a big supporter, to this day, of saying, ‘We can trust the Chinese on this. We can trust the Chinese scientists,’ and I think that’s quite naïve and really should preclude him from the position that he’s in.”
And this controversy might only be the half of it, especially as the national and global response directed by Fauci played a key role in Trump’s downfall.
Disturbingly, Fauci appears to have crumbled before intense pressure from the World Health Organisation to accept without question the official line being propagated by the Chinese Communist Party.
It is arguable now that the Chinese state created the hysteria that led to the global lockdown. Why the WHO was so insistent on global acceptance of the CCP line is a matter for further investigation.
Indeed Trump’s instincts regarding the WHO and the CCP, and on other Covid related issues, seem clearly correct.
The possible artificial origin of Covid in Wuhan was dismissed as tinfoil hat stuff, and of course Trump was vilified for his references to the ‘China Virus’ and the role of the Chinese state in the whole affair.
Now, in the light of increasing evidence of such an origin, even the Biden administration, which possibly would not be in office were it not for the Covid crisis, is now
taking seriously the Wuhan lab leak theory.
One Fauci email also documents the pressure applied by Peter Daszak whose company EcoHealth had passed on a $600,000 grant from Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to the Wuhan lab where the alleged transmission from bats was discovered.
On masks, Fauci is now on the record from the beginning as having dismissed their efficacy.
In an email from February 5, 2020, he said that masks were designed “…for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection….I do not recommend that you wear a mask.”
Indeed he took his own advice and was photographed at a baseball game sitting unsocially distanced, sans masque.
He also confirmed in the private email that shop-bought masks allowed the virus to pass through the material, despite later supporting mask mandates throughout the US.
So, the response of the lockdown extremists here, assuming there is one, shall be interesting.
The BBC appears to have already taken the same line as CNN, portraying the emails as the tired expressions of a pressurised man, who CNN describe touchingly as a “rare source of frank honesty within the Trump administration’s Covid-19 task force.”
Whatever else it was, the emails would perhaps indicate that “honesty” was not the guiding principle.