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Kamis, 03 Juni 2021

Emails reveal pressure Dr Anthony Fauci faced at start of the COVID pandemic - ABC News

Thousands of emails to and from Anthony Fauci have been published by US media outlets, revealing the pressures the country's top doctor faced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post received a selection of Dr Fauci's email correspondences spanning January to June 2020 as part of separate Freedom of Information Act requests.

BuzzFeed reported some of the 3,000-plus pages of emails it received were reviewed by the Trump administration before being handed over.

They are also filled with redactions and represent only a portion of what was requested, leaving gaps in the timeline. 

CNN reported it also received a batch of emails from February but many were heavily redacted.

The emails that have been made public reveal that Dr Fauci was fastidious in responding to messages from his staff, medical experts, journalists, celebrities and even strangers who had questions about the COVID-19 outbreak.

BuzzFeed reports Dr Fauci replied to Aliantha Angel's "humble request for your wisdom" within an hour after she messaged him on March 4 asking whether pneumonia vaccines could protect against the virus.

"Oh my god …  I honestly never expected you to reply and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so generous," Ms Angel replied. 

Dr Fauci corresponded with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the social media giant's plans to build a coronavirus information hub.

He also spoke to Bill Gates on the phone about the global vaccine effort.

That conversation led to a follow up from Emilio Emini, an executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tasked with the coordinating the vaccine rollout, who was concerned about Dr Fauci's health.

"I am very sensitive to how busy you are and very grateful for your engagement," Dr Emini wrote.

"I see you on TV almost every day, and although you continue to have considerable energy, I am seriously worried about you.

"The nation and the world absolutely need your leadership."

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Dr Fauci would often send replies to email past midnight, and publicly spoke during the start of the pandemic about how he didn't get a lot of sleep.

He wrote early in the pandemic that things were "reminiscent of post-anthrax days".

"This is the White House in full overdrive and I am in the middle of it," Dr Fauci wrote on February 2.

In a February 18 email, he wrote that he had seen his wife for a total 45 minutes over the previous 10 days.

It was both the relentless workload in responding to the pandemic and thinking about that response that kept him up at night, as he told an officer from the Office of the Surgeon General on April 14.

"I have said in the past that what keeps me up at night is the possibility of a pandemic respiratory infection," Dr Fauci wrote.

"We are in that reality now, and what keeps me up at night is the response, a major part of which is the development of an effective vaccine and treatments for COVID-19."

Dr Fauci was inundated with messages of heartfelt praise and hatred as he became the face of the US's response to COVID-19.

In the released emails, he never directly criticised then-president Donald Trump or the Trump administration.

Whenever faced with an incendiary comment, he often responded politely with "thank you".

However, there were also lighter moments in the messages, including Dr Fauci's response to Brad Pitt portraying him on Saturday Night Live.

"OK, so here is something even better than having Brad Pitt portray me on SNL," Dr Fauci wrote.

"It is a recent review of Pitt's performance in which the TV reviewer said … Pitt looked 'nearly identical' to me. Yikes!! [Smiley emoji]"

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