Several U.S. media outlets have obtained thousands of emails from Anthony Fauc, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the authority of the Freedom of Information Act, revealing that Fauc allegedly concealed the truth about the Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19) outbreak and may have committed perjury in Congress. DeSantis (R-FL) and other Republicans have called for Fauci to step down, and Tucker Carlson, the leading anchor of Fox News, has called for a criminal investigation of Fauci, while other sources say the White House intends to cut and is trying to dismiss Fauci.
Fauci recently changed his tune and said there should be an in-depth investigation into the origin of the virus in China, reversing his previous insistence that the virus could not have originated in a laboratory. He also confessed in a congressional hearing last week that he was in charge of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when he had long-term contact with Chinese epidemiological medical officials and approved $600,000 to start a bat coronavirus study with the Wu Po Institute, using U.S. taxpayer money to cooperate with the Chinese side. But he again argued that the money was not for the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research for viral “gain-of-function” (gain-of-function) research.
This contradicts what Fauci said a few days ago, when he admitted on May 26 that he could not guarantee that U.S. taxpayer money would not be used for coronavirus “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute.
However, publicly available emails show that early in the COVID-19 outbreak on February 1, 2020, Fauci sent an email to his staff to confirm whether the Wuhan Institute’s “gain-of-function” experiments were related to the NIH, tantamount to establishing that the U.S. was “foreign “potential role in funding coronavirus research.
In addition, several conservative media outlets dug up that the NIH-funded WVI research, the U.S. scholar involved was Professor Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the Chinese expert was WVI researcher Shi Zhengli, both
The typical gain-of-function experimental article on coronaviruses was published in the journal Nature Medicine on Nov. 9, 2015. Zhengli Shi provided the S protein sequence and plasmid for this project. The article specifically states that the “gain-of-function” experiments were terminated by NIH, but all work was done prior to termination and finalized under NIH review.
Republicans believe that it is very clear from the article published by Zhengli Shi that Fauci was well aware that Shi was conducting “gain-of-function” experiments that would make the virus easier to spread, and that NIH was involved in the review of the lab. At this point, there is enough evidence to prove that Fauci lied during the hearings.
Carlson, a Forsyth celebrity anchor, described Fauci as “another sleazy federal bureaucrat” who is “deeply political and lies a lot. More shocking than that, we later learned that Fauci himself was involved in the pandemic he was fighting.”
Carlson said the public emails show that “from the beginning, Fauci was concerned that the public might conclude that COVID originated at the Wuhan Virus Institute. Why? Probably because Fauci knew he had funded gain-of-function experiments at the same lab.”
He called on authorities to launch a criminal investigation of Fauci as soon as possible; in addition, conservative activist Jack Posobiec revealed on social media on June 2 that Biden’s White House officials were “actively discussing” a strategy to dismiss Fauci.