As part of a FOIA request from BuzzFeed, more than 3,000 emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s inbox were published online late Tuesday night.
These emails bring many interesting revelations to light. For example, zoologist Peter Daszak once thanked Fauci for pushing back on the theory that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). At the time, Daszak was especially interested in killing the story since his non-profit had previously steered U.S. funding to the WIV.
“I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Daszak wrote to Fauci on April 19, 2020.
Peter Daszak, who was deeply involved both in Wuhan coronavirus research & in misleading the public about the likelihood of a lab leak, thanked Fauci for helping "dispel the myths" around COVID origins and blamed Fox News for targeting his grant. From the @JasonLeopold FOIA batch pic.twitter.com/LgloFVaFZX
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) June 1, 2021
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins,” Daszak goes on.
Daszak was correct in that Fauci’s public rejection of the lab-leak theory did dispel the conversation. Once Fauci and like-minded politicians called the theory a conspiracy promulgated by then-president Donald Trump, the story was banned from social media and anyone who dared to bring it up was dismissed as a dangerous conspirator who probably supports QAnon.
However, Daszak was also wrong because the idea that the SARS-CoV-2 originated from the WIV is not a myth. Mounting evidence suggests the virus did not originate from a Chinese wet market, the story we were told to believe for over a year.
Between 2014 and 2019, EcoHealth Alliance, Daszak’s organization, funneled $3.4 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the WIV to study coronaviruses in bats. The five-year grant was renewed for a total of $3.7 million in 2019, but then canceled in April 2020 when Donald Trump said the research didn’t align with the NIH’s “program goals and agency priorities.”
What was that money actually used for? Fauci says that funding did not go to what is known as “gain of function” research, which takes a virus that could infect humans and makes it more transmissible and/or pathogenic for humans.
Last week, the WSJ revealed that three researchers from the WIV were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms mirroring COVID-19. Remember: Beijing says the first confirmed case of COVID-19 came less than a month later, on Dec. 8, 2019.
Fauci’s emails also show NIH scientists stating that the SARS-CoV-2 genome likely did not evolve naturally. These emails are dated February 2020.
On April 17, 2020, Fauci told a reporter who asked him to address concerns that the coronavirus could have leaked from a lab:
“There was a study recently…where a group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences there and the sequences in bats as they evolve,” Fauci said. “The mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”
Here’s what was privately said two months before:
Wow, NIH scientists were emailing back in February of 2020, February!, that the covid virus genome didn’t look like it could have arisen naturally. Yet Fauci said the opposite publicly. Of course. It’s way past time for Fauci to be gone and he needs to be investigated himself. https://t.co/GlvTIB1SOk
Then last month, Fauci finally admitted he was “not convinced” that the coronavirus developed naturally. That was a major shift from his year-long insistence that it’s “highly likely” that the origin was natural.
It was also discovered Tuesday that Fauci forwarded an email that he received from Erik A. Nilsen, who has a PhD in applied physics, to a member of the NIH.
“I need to clear my conscience,” Nilsen starts.
“I’m confident that China [stopped] counting dead COVID-19 infected bodies since ~January 7, 2020,” Nilsen asserted. “They’ve been adding fabricated data daily to show (to save face) the world and their own people an impressive flattening of China outbreak curve. … The number of body bags my contacts told me about, even after short 15-minutes walk to/from grocery stores in one city during CCP-authorized time slots, suggest the number of deaths is several orders of magnitude larger than what China’s posted data indicates.”
If the lab-leak theory is proven correct — which would be difficult to do without China’s cooperation — the probability is high that China knew, covered it up, refused to allow its doctors to notify the rest of the world, and undercounted deaths to save face. Meaning, China would be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people across the world.
Within a week after China released the genomic sequencing, the mRNA sequencing for the COVID vaccine was completed. Had China been honest from the start, in November 2019, the vaccine would’ve been released sooner. Ben Shapiro predicts the vaccine could’ve then been accessible in August, which would have saved many of the lives damaged by the wave that hit the U.S. last fall.
This possibility warrants a full investigation separate from any investigation conducted by the World Health Organization, which has backed China from the start.
China should be priority No.1 in the U.S., though it shouldn’t be our only priority. Though the media will write headlines that say the emails show Fauci was just overworked, there is a much bigger story. Fauci and his motives have been suspicious for months. He now needs to be fully investigated.