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Anthony Fauci has, from the outset of Covid-19, represented vastly conflicting perspectives of the Covid-19 narrative. He has been both at the centre of the official ‘Covid-19 is an existential threat to mankind’ narrative as well as the face of what many strongly believe to be a false and, as time passes and more evidence surfaces, ominously deceptive narrative that continues to do more harm than the virus itself. The forced disclosure of 3,200 emails written by and to Dr Anthony Fauci in June 2021 revealed that Fauci was well aware that there were “unusual features” in the virus, some of which looked engineered. After the initial outcry from the public, Fauci continued as chief medical advisor to the US president, with his crucially influential role in Covid-19 policies unperturbed. This week, an email obtained by US Right to Know confirms that both Fauci and Francis Collins, the then leader of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “were concerned about links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and NIH”. Shortly after this 1 February 2020 exchange, a high-profile push to discredit the lab-leak theory became a cornerstone of the official narrative. This article first appeared on The Defender. – Nadya Swart
Fauci, Collins Discussed Links Between NIH, Wuhan Lab Before Secret Call to Discredit Lab-Leak Theory, Emails Reveal
In the earliest days of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., emailed about coronaviruses under study at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and about whether they had steered money to the lab, an email obtained by U.S. Right to Know shows.
By Emily Kopp
In the earliest days of the pandemic, Dr Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins. M.D., Ph.D., emailed about coronaviruses under study at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and about whether they had steered money to the lab, an email obtained by U.S. Right to Know shows.
Collins, then leader of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Fauci, leader of its infectious diseases institute, exchanged emails on Feb. 1, 2020, about a preprint authored by Zhengli Shi, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The preprint described bat coronaviruses under study at the lab, including a coronavirus 96% genetically similar to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19
The emails show that Collins and Fauci were concerned about links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and NIH.
“In case you haven’t seen this preprint from one week ago,” Collins said in a Feb. 1, 2020, email to Fauci. “No evidence this work was supported by NIH.”
“I did see it, but did not check the similarities. Obviously, we need more details,” Fauci replied, a little before noon.
Some details of the short exchange are redacted.
The email shows that these concerns were top of mind at a critical time.
About two hours after the email exchange, Collins and Fauci would join a secret teleconference with a group of virologists who were closely examining the novel coronavirus.
The teleconference touched off a high-profile push to discredit the lab leak hypothesis.
The revelation that Collins and Fauci were discussing whether NIH had funded work on coronaviruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 at the Wuhan lab in the hours before suggests that politics may have been at play.
Those virologists’ claims that the virus could not have been engineered may have been influenced by Collins and Fauci.
The NIH leaders may have sought to obscure links between federal funding and coronavirus research at the advancing pandemic’s epicentre.
The emails raise questions about these virologists’ assurances that their deliberations were apolitical.
An analysis that framed the teleconference was called “Coronavirus sequence comparison.pdf.”
This document has apparently not been released to the public, so it’s not clear which coronavirus they were comparing to COVID-19.
But it’s clear from notes exchanged after the call that an analysis comparing the spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2 and RaTG13, the Wuhan Institute of Virology coronavirus with a 96% identical genome, had been performed.
The Feb. 1 teleconference kicked off the drafting of an influential correspondence arguing against the idea that SARS-CoV-2 had been engineered.
“The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2” in Nature Medicine claimed, “strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is not the product of purposeful manipulation.”
It has been cited in 752 media outlets.
Collins and Fauci were repeatedly updated on its drafting and provided “advice and leadership.”
While not disclosed, the participation of NIH’s leaders in drafting the correspondence presented a conflict of interest.
Because while Collins had concluded that NIH did not support that particular study, the agency had indeed funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology for coronavirus work, including the engineering of chimeric viruses that combine components of multiple viruses to make them more infectious to human cells.
Fauci had been alerted days before that his institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, supported a “virus hunting” nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance with a grant called “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence” and that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a collaborator, according to an email shared with U.S. Right to Know by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Their concerns might have been aggravated further when the lead authors of “The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2” shared concerns that the genome of SARS-CoV-2 appeared “inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”
The preprint authored by Shi about viruses related to SARS-CoV-2 — including RaTG13 — would eventually be published in Nature and continued to trouble the NIH leaders.
An addendum was added months later clarifying that RaTG13 had sickened and killed miners in Yunnan Province in 2012 after independent researchers uncovered this information, despite RaTG13 being named something else in the earlier literature, stoking suspicions of obfuscation.
In August 2020, Collins emailed his predecessor Harold Varmus, former director of the NIH, about an article describing NIH’s pressure on EcoHealth Alliance to provide records about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and another link to an article calling attention to the fact that RaTG13 was identical to the coronavirus that had sickened the miners and postulating a lab origin of SARS-CoV-2.
“Tony and I would like the chance to speak to you about this,” he wrote.
Collins announced his retirement in October 2021 after 12 years as director of NIH.
Fauci announced his retirement in August after 38 years as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Collins currently serves as science advisor to President Joe Biden, while Fauci serves as his chief medical advisor.
Despite stepping back from their roles at NIH, both Collins and Fauci could be called to testify about the origins of Covid-19 if Republicans win a majority in either chamber of Congress this fall, according to Republicans poised to wield the gavel in key committees.
The new emails in this report were obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to the National Institutes of Health.
Originally published by U.S. Right to Know.
- Emily Kopp is an investigative reporter with U.S. Right to Know.
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