The pandemic has done a lot to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s image. He was once the most trusted public official. 46.3 percent of Americans now think he should resign. This includes a large number of Republicans and Independents.
New documents proving that Fauci was the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the early stages of the pandemic show that he was warned that the COVID-19 virus could have been derived in a laboratory, even though he spent over a year dismissing the idea publicly.
Fox New’s Brett Baier viewed the documents on Tuesday night’s “Special Report”. Fauci was informed by the evidence that his NIAID was “indirectly financing” the Wuhan Institute of Virology via EcoHealth, a scientific non-profit. EcoHealth was using novel coronaviruses. A few days later, Dr. Kristian Anderson, a Scripps Lab virologist, told Fauci that COVID-19 seemed to have been engineered and was not natural.
“Andersen also said that the situation should be examined more closely,” Fox News reports. Fauci then organized an all-hands on deck conference call with his colleagues, where he was informed that novel coronavirus experiments may not have been subject to proper biosafety reviews and oversight.
Fauci organized a conference call quickly with dozens of international virologists. Special Report has obtained notes from the meeting that show that there were no suspicions about the lab leak theory due to concerns over how the public would react if they heard of Chinese government involvement.
According to the report, there was consensus on the need to suppress the laboratory leak theory as it would fuel conspiracists.
These documents seem to show that the virologists cared more about China’s PR than they were being truthful with the public.
We know that the virologists did not stop the lab leak theory from gaining momentum. Anyone who suggested that the lab leak theory could be true was considered a conspiracy theorist, including President Trump. Social media posts suggesting that COVID originated in a laboratory were quickly censored, until last spring when evidence proved the theory was likely.
Many officials continue to believe that the virus originated from nature, despite all the evidence.