Did Anthony Fauci cover up Wuhan lab virus link? Right-wingers go berserk over emails

The recently disclosed public emails have revealed Dr Fauci’s critical role and the chaos during the initial days of the coronavirus

                            Did Anthony Fauci cover up Wuhan lab virus link? Right-wingers go berserk over emails
Dr Anthony Fauci discusses the Zika virus during remarks before the Economic Club of Washington on January 29, 2016, in Washington, DC (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Dr Anthony Fauci, who became a household name last year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, has found himself embroiled in controversy after thousands of his emails have been made public as part of Freedom of Information Act requests. The recently disclosed public emails have shown the 80-year-old’s critical role during the initial days of the public health crisis, but it also presented some controversial conversations he had with important figures as well as ordinary US citizens.

One of the emails that has reportedly questioned Dr Fauci’s integrity is an exchange between him and Peter Daszak, a zoologist whose non-profit steered US funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in April 2020. In the mail, Daszak wrote, “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.”


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He added, “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.” Dr Fauci then replied: “Many thanks for your kind note.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, participates in the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Brady Briefing room at the White House on March 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Daszak’s email was referring to the immunologist’s response to a reporter’s question on April 17, 2020. When the reporter had asked him to address the concern the deadly virus leaked from a lab, he had said, “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. 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.”

However, more recently, just days before the email was made public, Fauci stated that he was “not convinced” Covid-19 has a natural origin. He told Politifact’s Katie Sanders on May 11, “I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.”

“Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus,” Fauci added.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

And now, after the emergence of the emails, several people on the Right are claiming that Fauci covered up the Wuhan lab virus link. Journalist Jordan Schachtel tweeted, “Found an amazing Fauci FOIA email in which a scientist is trying to warn him (dated March 18,2020) that COVID has spread well beyond any suitable containment measures, & says China is lying about its data. Fauci doesn’t reply, tells his assistant that it’s too long to read lol.” Australian journalist Sharri Markson fired, “Scientist Kristian Anderson told Fauci SARS-CoV-2 has ‘unusual features’ that ‘potentially look engineered’. Not long after this email, the scientists authored a piece insisting the virus was natural and Fauci said the same publicly. This is a massive cover-up. (Buzzfeed FOIA).”



A person tweeted, “Trump said he knew last year that the CCP virus came from the Wuhan lab. CCP is the criminal, Fauci is the accomplice who is now trying to save his a**. #TakeDownCCP.” Senator from Louisiana John Neely Kennedy commented, “How do you know the Wuhan lab didn’t lie and use U.S. grant money to conduct gain-of-function virus research on the sly? Dr. Fauci: ‘you never know’ Well, Americans want to know.”



“Fauci's lies are now collapsing around him. He funded the Wuhan lab. He pushed for bat coronaviruses to be weaponized. He funded Peter Daszak's chimera virus experiments. He knew the risks. He just didn't care. Fauci is not just morally responsible, he's directly responsible,” @Newsmax White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson noted. A tweet added: “#Fauci created this plandemic. He funded the Wuhan lab ‘experimental’ virus.”



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