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Bombshell emails over what Anthony Fauci knew - The Australian

US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci in Washington in May. Picture: AFP
US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci in Washington in May. Picture: AFP

America’s top medical adviser Anthony Fauci was informed as early as February 2020 that Covid-19 exhibited unusual viral characteristics which could have potentially been engineered in a lab, according to emails published.

A trove of private correspondence, obtained by The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, reveal some of the crucial moments leading up to the pandemic in early 2020 when Dr Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sought urgent information regarding the nature and origins of Covid-19.

Dr Fauci, who led the US response to the outbreak, previously rejected claims that Covid-19 leaked from a laboratory setting, but reversed his position in May, admitting that he was “not convinced” the virus had developed naturally and more needed to be done to investigate its precise origins. In one email from Kristian Andersen, a virologist at the Scripps Research Institute in California, Dr Fauci was told that Dr Andersen and his fellow scientists had to “look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered”.

ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl says reporters who dismissed the theory coronavirus originated from a Chinese lab - because Donald Trump said it - have “egg on their face”. “Yes I think a lot of people have egg on their face,” he said. “This was an idea that was first put forward by Mike Pompeo – secretary of state, Donald Trump. “Some things may be true, even if Donald Trump said them.” Many mainstream outlets dismissed reporting the theory coronavirus originated from a Chinese lab because it was deemed “racist” or a “conspiracy” theory. The theory has now been given new attention after David Asher – a former lead investigator - told Sky News host Sharri Markson three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised in November 2019 with symptoms similar with coronavirus.

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The email dated February 1, 2020 said Mr Andersen and three other respected colleagues had discovered a genome “inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory”.

Dr Andersen, despite his email, later authored a paper published by the Nature which concluded that he did not believe “any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible”.

In another email from that same day, Dr Fauci wrote to his deputy at the NIAID, Hugh Auchincloss, attaching a 2015 research paper which described the so-called “gain-of-function research on coronaviruses”, which is designed to make them more deadly and transmissible.

Dr Fauci, who has repeatedly denied involvement in gain-of-function research, wrote: “Hugh, it is essential that we speak this AM … Read this paper … you will have tasks today that must be done.”

Republicans are slamming Dr Anthony Fauci for “profiting” off the pandemic after it was announced the controversial disease expert is writing a book on the COVID-19 crisis. "Fauci never missed a paycheck while advocating that you lose yours,” Republican Dan Bishop tweeted. “His lockdown mandates destroyed livelihoods and threatened our children's futures. “Now he'll be profiting nicely off it.” Dr Anthony Fauci has been criticised for his handling of the pandemic with Republicans calling for his role as the White House Chief Medical Adviser to be revoked. He has been accused of flip flopping on the mask mandate as well as dismissing the theory coronavirus could have originated from a Chinese laboratory. It comes after controversial New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also signed a book deal on his "heroic" handling of the pandemic despite numerous scandals under his leadership. Dr Fauci has not revealed the exact figure he will make from the book, however he is currently the highest paid federal employee in the country, earning more money than President Biden.

Dr Auchincloss replied: “The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause but have since been reviewed and approved by (the US National Institutes of Health) … will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad”.

The Australian last week reported that Dr Fauci had previously supported the contentious gain-of-function experiments, which some virologists suspect might have led Covid-19 to inadvertently escape from a Wuhan laboratory.

In March 2020, Dr Fauci also corresponded with Chinese Centre for Disease Control director George Gao, after then Donald Trump blamed China for the outbreak of the virus.

Dr Fauci wrote to Dr Gao saying there are “crazy people in this world”, adding they would both “get through this together”.

Dr Gao also apologised to Dr Fauci for criticising the US for not wearing masks, describing it as a “big mistake”.

“How could I say such a word ‘big mistake’ about others?,” Dr Gao wrote.

“That was journalist’s wording. Hope you understand … Lets work together to get the virus out of the earth.”

Dr Fauci responded, saying “I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together.”

Weeks later, as Dr Fauci faced mounting criticism for his handling of the pandemic, Dr Gao wrote to him again. “I saw some news (hope it is fake) that you are being attacked by some people.”

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