On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News published over 3,200 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s email communications from January through June 2020. The records were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The emails can be viewed here.
The Washington Post obtained and 896 additional pages of Fauci’s email messages from that period as well which can be viewed here.
Two of the emails will make it pretty hard for Fauci to deny he knew very early on that the virus was likely engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.
The first is an email from Kristian G. Andersen, a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research Institute. On Jan. 31, 2020, Andersen wrote:
“Hi Tony: Thanks for sharing. Yes, I saw this earlier today and both Eddie and myself are actually quoted in it. It’s a great article, but the problem is that our phylogenetic analyses aren’t able to answer whether the sequences are unusual at individual residues, except if they are completely off. On a phylogenetic tree the virus looks totally normal and the close clustering with bats suggest that bats serve as the reservoir.
“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 the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered.
“We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend. I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.”
RedState’s Scott Hounsell reported that in a later paper, Andersen was on board with the “natural origin” theory. He also pointed out that Andersen “sits on a US committee called the “Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health” with Peter Daszak, whom we will meet in the next significant email. I suppose the scientific community is a rather small one and that they all know of each other, at the very least.
Andersen later published a paper identifying the result of the studies, and suddenly they were convinced that the virus was of a likely natural origin, stating that no virus could have been used as the backbone to SARS-CoV-2. While I certainly am no virologist, you’d think that a virus that shares 96.4% of its genomic code as well as nearly 29,000 nucleotides, would have provided an excellent backbone for SARS-CoV-2. That virus, RaTG13, was discovered in a bat-infested cave in China in 2013 after it infected several miners, killing three (meaning, it had already made the leap from bats to humans).
Additionally, according to the very article that Dr. Fauci sent to Andersen, Wuhan Institute of Virology scientists were able to create 5 genetically altered versions of RaTG13 in 2019, the year before the pandemic outbreak, including WIV2, WIV4, WIV5, WIV6 and WIV7. Could it be there was an additional virus created (SARS-CoV-2) and then accidentally released? If we can say they were definitely conducting gain-of-function research on these new viruses, why is it so hard that they may have created SARS-CoV-2 at the same time?
Peter Daszak, is a zoologist and the president of EcoHealth Alliance. According to The Scientist, EcoHealth describes itself as “a global environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from the emergence of disease.”
Daszak was also a member of the team of World Health Organization investigators who traveled to Wuhan in February to determine if the virus had escaped from the lab. They concluded that it had likely originated in nature.
EcoHealth received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2014. His organization was involved with the WIV and it is believed that Daszak passed on some portion of that grant to subsidize WIV’s gain-of-function research.
In an email dated April 18, 2020, Daszak wrote to Fauci:
“As the Pl of the ROl grant publicly targeted by Fox News reporters at the Presidential press briefing last night, 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.
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’ origins. Once this pandemic’s over I look forward thanking you in person and let you know how important your comments are to us all.”
On April 19, Fauci replied: “Many thanks for your kind note.”
Finally, there is a video recorded on Dec. 9, 2019, shortly before the world found out about the coronavirus, of Daszak being interviewed by virologist Vincent Racaniello. An article in a foreign science journal describes their discussion and provides the video. Daszak tells Racaniello, “You can manipulate them [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily.”
Daszak at the 29:54 mark appears to reveal that the goal of the GoF experiments was to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine for many different types of coronaviruses.
Based on his response, it is evident that just before the start of the pandemic, the WIV was modifying coronaviruses in the lab. “You can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily.” What he then mentioned has become the telltale trait of SARS-CoV-2, its spike protein: “Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk.”
Daszak mentions the WIV’s collaboration with Baric: “and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC [University of North Carolina] to do this.” As has been suggested by proponents that SARS-CoV-2 is a chimera made in a lab, he speaks of inserting the spike protein “into a backbone of another virus” and then doing “some work in the lab.”
So, did they all know that the virus had likely been engineered in a lab, but decided to keep the world from finding out? Did a small group of leaders at the top of the world scientific community make a judgment call about what we should and should not be told regarding the origins of this virus?
Why did they try to hide it? Were they worried that government funding for gain-of-function research would stop if the world heard the truth or were they protecting China? Why were they protecting China?
Dr. Fauci, Peter Daszak, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization, and so many others need to be questioned under oath about the newly discovered information.
The growing body of circumstantial evidence supporting the lab leak theory has now reached epic proportions.