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READ: Full inspection of nearly 3,200 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails sent between January-June 2020

3,200 pages of Dr Anthony Fauci’s private emails sent between January – June 2020 have been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News and CNN.

The correspondence provides a unique insight into the life of the nation’s top infectious diseases expert in the early days of the pandemic. A January 2020 email that Fauci received from Kristian Anderson, an immunologist from the Scripps Research Institute, in essence discussed the origins of COVID-19. One prominent theory is that the virus originated from a laboratory located in Wuhan, later dismissed by experts last year. However this theory has recently returned to the forefront, with the debate being reignited following the inconclusive results of an international investigation into the origins of the virus, especially after it emerged that there had been new reports of a covid-related illness in the region weeks before the Chinese government officially recognized it.

Part of the email reads: “The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome {<0.1%} so one has to look really closely at all of the sequences to see that some of the features {potentially} look engineered.” In response Fauci promised to reach out over the phone. In April 2020 Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health sent an email with the subject line “conspiracy gains momentum.” Fauci’s response is completely redacted.

Another pandemic topic which also sparked debate is that of the science behind wearing a mask. In a February 2020 email exchange with a former U.S. Health Secretary, Dr Fauci said that “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.” He went on to add that store-bought masks are “not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.” A month later on March 28th, George Gao, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention emailed Fauci after the Science magazine quoted Gao as saying that not recommending mask wearing was a “big mistake.”

Gao explained that “I saw the Science interview; how could I say such a word ‘big mistake’ about others? That was the journalists wording. Hope you understand …. Let’s work to get the virus out of the earth.” Fauci responded: “Thanks for the note, I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together.” On a lighter note the emails also reveal that Fauci was somewhat bewildered about his newfound celebrity status, forwarding a colleague an article titled ‘Cuomo Crush and Fauci Fever – Sexualisation of these men is a real thing on the internet.’ Fauci writes “click on the ‘Cuomo Crush’ and ‘Fauci Fever’ link below. It will blow your mind. Our society is really totally nuts.” When Brad Pitt played Fauci in an SNL sketch, he in another light-hearted moment told a colleague that one reviewer said that Pitt “looked exactly like me. That statement made my year.”

The emails have only added fuel to the fire lit by several republicans who are sceptical about Fauci, one of the most notable being Senator Rand Paul KY who said that the emails make it clear that the doctor is “a massive fraud.” However, Paul’s democratic counterparts argue that the emails show that Fauci was merely responding as the data changed.

ARTICLE: NATHAN REID
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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