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Fauci Was Warned of COVID-19 Origins in 2020, Emails Reveal

White House Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci suppressed crucial evidence when he and a small group of scientists tried to dispel reports the COVID-19 virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, members of Congress say.

The emails, which have not been publicly released in their entirety, reveal Fauci was warned of the possibility of a leak and the likelihood the virus was genetically manipulated state U.S. Reps. James Comer (R-KY), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Jim Jordan (R-OH), ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on January 11.

In the emails, a scientist warned Fauci it was highly unlikely the virus naturally spilled over from bats to humans. The emails also indicate Fauci knew of U.S. government funding of research at the Wuhan lab.

In another case of Fauci apparently promoting a narrative, emails obtained by the American Institute of Economic Research through a Freedom of Information Act request included an October 8, 2020 exchange between Fauci and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins in which the two discuss efforts to discredit the “fringe epidemiologists” who had recently published the Great Barrington Declaration (see article).

“There needs to be a quick and devastating published take down of its premises,” Collins wrote.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he will issue a subpoena for Fauci’s records if Republicans win the Senate this fall and he is named chair of a committee.

—Staff reports

AnneMarie Schieber
AnneMarie Schieber
AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.

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