The pressure fell mostly on one man

More than 3,200 pages of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News — covering the period from January to June 2020 — provide a rare glimpse into how Fauci approached his job during the biggest health crisis of the last century, showing him dealing directly with the public, health officials, reporters, and even celebrities. (The Washington Post also received more than 800 pages of emails and published a story about them on Monday.)…

The emails show Fauci received a flurry of correspondence about the theory that coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan. One such email sent to Fauci on April 16, 2020 by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health, under the subject line “conspiracy gains momentum” contained a link to a news story highlighting a Fox News report that said the allegation had merit. Fauci’s response to Collins is entirely blacked out…

The records also lay bare Fauci’s ambivalence toward his newfound celebrity status but also his embrace of a documentary crew who would tell his story. Additionally, the emails hint at the personal toll this past year has taken on him. In one email sent on Feb. 18, weeks before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, he wrote that he had only been able to see his wife for 45 minutes in the previous 10 days.

Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, declined to comment for this story.

American-style journalists have been trudging through pages and more pages of copies of emails to and from Dr. Fauci. I haven’t yet found any other article that reads as straightforward as this one. Often, other authors sift through thousands of emails to find the one or two sentences that can be used to back up the author’s (often unfounded) beliefs. There may be other articles as honest as this one out there. At least I hope so.

4 thoughts on “The pressure fell mostly on one man

  1. Update says:

    One after another, some of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives took to the stage at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, and to air other pandemic-related grievances.
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was introducing a bill to reduce Fauci’s salary to $0 and have him account for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, led the attacks.
    Taylor and her co-sponsors on the anti-Fauci bill (Republican Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky; Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona; Mary Miller of Illinois; Buddy Carter of Georgia; Bob Good of Virginia; Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube of Florida; and Mo Brooks of Alabama) claim that Fauci knowingly funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that made the virus more lethal. Although that laboratory did receive National Institutes of Health funding through a New York-based organization called the EcoHealth Alliance, both Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins have explicitly said that Chinese grant recipients were prevented from using U.S. funds for so-called gain-of-function research, which makes a pathogen either more transmissible or more potent to see how it might then behave.

  2. 4therecord says:

    Dr. Anthony Fauci faced off with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a Tuesday Senate hearing that witnessed Paul threatening Fauci with imprisonment for “lying” to Congress — over Fauci’s dismayed protestations.
    The exchange took place during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the issue of whether the National Institutes of Health funded gain-of-function research — which aims to make viruses more infectious — in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. A May 24 story in The Wall Street Journal noted the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — which Fauci heads — did indeed provide a research grant related to the research.
    “Dr. Fauci, as you are aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress,” Paul said as he kicked off his questions for Fauci, emphasizing that federal law makes lying to Congress a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. “On your last trip to our committee on May 11, you stated that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he added. Citing research that was conducted in the Wuhan lab and asking that a copy of the WSJ article be given to Fauci, Paul asked, “Knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement?”
    Fauci replied, “I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement.” He also said the research in question “was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”
    Paul attempted to interject, leading Fauci to respond, “Let me finish!” Undeterred, Paul finished his statement asking, “You take an animal virus and you increase transmissibility to human, you’re saying that is not gain of function?”
    “That is correct,” Fauci answered, before becoming personal. “Senator Paul, you do not know what you’re talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially. You do not know what you’re talking about!”
    Paul made the point that the research was in fact related to increasing viral transmissibility, but Fauci insisted that was not technically gain-of-function research. “If the point that you are making is that the grant that was funded as a sub-award … created SARS-Covid-2 — that’s where you are going!” Fauci said, pointing his finger at Paul as it visibly shook in anger.
    “You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals,” Fauci said. Paul insisted it “could have” been, prompting Fauci to say, “I totally resent that. If anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.” (includes link to video)
    Fresh off his smackdown of Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Anthony Fauci took on Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall during a Senate Health Committee meeting on Tuesday.
    Like Paul, Marshall attempted to argue that Fauci and his colleagues were involved in “gain of function” research that led to the creation of the COVID-19 in a Chinese lab.
    Once again, though, Fauci wasn’t having any of it.

  3. p/s says:

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has released a new line of merchandise in the leadup to the 2022 gubernatorial race taking aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci — selling T-shirts and beer koozies that read, “Don’t Fauci My Florida.”
    Ron DeSantis’ Anti-Fauci Florida Merchandise Prompts Outrage: ‘This Is Madness’
    Central Florida hospitals close to ICU capacity as COVID-19 cases increase

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