The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, seemed to dismiss the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan as a “conspiracy” in a message to Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a recently released e-mail. emails.
The message, sent on April 16, 2020, was part of a batch of more than 3,200 emails from Fauci obtained and published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.
The subject line of Collins’ email to Fauci and several others from the National Institutes of Health was titled “Conspiracy Gaining Strength.”
It included a link to a Mediaite news article that referenced comments made a day earlier about the Wuhan lab leak theory by Fox News host Bret Baier.
The contents of Collins’ email have been redacted.
Fauci replied at 2:45 a.m. on April 17, but his response was also obscured.
NIH Director Dr Francis Collins (left) seemed to dismiss the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan as a “conspiracy” in an email to Dr Anthony Fauci (right) on April 16 last year
The other email recipients were NIH Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Deputy Director Clifford Lane and NIH Spokesperson John Burklow.
The story in Collins’s original email was based on an April 15 broadcast on Fox News, in which Baier told co-host Sean Hannity that “multiple sources” believed that COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan before it was reported by email. accident escaped.
“This comes from multiple sources briefed at the dawn of China and the onset of the virus. They’ve also seen documents, open source and classified,” Baier said.
“We have asked to see those documents directly, but they say it is increasingly likely that there is increasing confidence that the virus – COVID-19 – started in a lab in Wuhan.
“They say it happened naturally because China was trying to show that they could be as good or better than the US at dealing with viruses, discovering viruses, and that this was a failed attempt to contain it.” and that it reached the population.
“They are 100 percent sure that China has changed the data, the statistics, they have done a lot to contain the information. Meanwhile, as you mentioned, they have internally reduced travel from Wuhan, but left the international flights, and of course you have such a spread.”
Recently, there has been mounting evidence to support the theory that the pandemic started as an accidental leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The subject line of Collins’ email to Fauci and several others from the National Institutes of Health was titled “Conspiracy Gaining Strength.” It included a link to a Mediaite news article referring to comments made a day earlier about the Wuhan lab leak theory by Fox News anchor Bret Baier (above)
New evidence, including the report of three Wuhan lab workers who became seriously ill with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, has prompted a sober reassessment among doubters
President Joe Biden last week ordered a 90-day intelligence inquiry to investigate the possibility, and several high-profile public health experts have come out in recent months saying they believe that is how COVID-19 started.
Former CDC director Robert Redfield told CNN in March that he believes the virus “escaped” from a Wuhan lab and started spreading as early as September 2019.
Even Collins seemed to change his tune last month when he spoke to senators when he told them the Wuhan lab leak theory could not be ruled out completely.
“It is very likely that this is a virus that originated naturally, but we cannot rule out the possibility of a laboratory accident,” he said.
The media and academics have long expressed disdain for the lab leak hypothesis, claiming it was a fringe conspiracy theory and even racist after Donald Trump embraced the idea.
But new evidence, including reports of three Wuhan lab workers who became seriously ill with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, has prompted a sober reassessment among doubters.
“I think a lot of people have an egg on their face,” ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl admitted on Sunday. “Some things may be true, even if Donald Trump said them.”
“Because Trump said so much differently, it would have just gotten out of hand…but now serious people are saying a serious investigation is needed,” he said.
Facebook has also been forced to roll back its policy censorship posts speculating that the virus was developed in a lab amid serious questions about the “function gain” experiments being conducted on coronavirus strains in the Wuhan lab.
Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology reported COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, before the virus began to spread around the world
China continues to furiously deny that the virus behind COVID-19 escaped its lab at its original epicenter, accusing the United States of taking a “dangerous stance” by calling for a full investigation into the possibility.
It comes after a new series of emails from Fauci, published by the Washington Post, revealed his cozy relationship with China’s top infectious disease expert during the early days of the pandemic.
The emails were exchanged between Fauci and Dr. George Gao – the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fauci asked no questions about the origin of the virus.
In March, Gao had told Science magazine that it was a “big mistake” for US experts (including Fauci) to tell their citizens not to wear face masks.
A subsequent email reveals that Gao was concerned about how Fauci would interpret the comment.
He sent a message to Fauci on March 28: ‘I saw the Science interview… That was the journalist’s wording. Hope you understand. Let’s work together to get the virus out of the earth.’
Fauci answered warmly, “I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together.’
On April 3, Fauci formally changed his stance on wearing masks, telling Americans to cover their noses and mouths to stop the spread. The top doctor has been reprimanded by countless experts and millions of Americans for giving mixed messages.
He later said he did this to prevent members of the public from panicking buying masks as hospitals struggled to get enough personal protective equipment.
Less than a week later, Gao emailed Fauci again expressing his support amid the onslaught of attacks.
“I saw some news (hope it’s fake) that you’re being attacked by some people. I hope you are well in such an irrational situation,” Gao wrote on April 8.
‘Thank you for your sweet message. Everything is going well, despite some crazy people in this world,’ Fauci replied three days later.