Newly discovered emails reveal Dr. Anthony Fauci with China’s top infectious disease expert during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital exchanges between Fauci and Dr. George Gao – the director of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention – were discovered among a large number of Fauci’s emails obtained by The Washington Post.
The newspaper gained access to 866 pages of Fauci’s posts through a Freedom Of Information request.
On Tuesday, they published several exchanges that took place between Fauci and Gao in March and April last year when the coronavirus pandemic hit America in full force.
Fauci took a warm and friendly tone to Gao and asked no questions about the origin of the virus.
Last week, the top doctors admitted that further investigation is needed into the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan known to conduct experiments on bat coronaviruses. He did this despite downplaying that suggestion for much of the past year.
Newly discovered emails reveal Dr. Anthony Fauci with China’s top infectious disease expert during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic
Fauci told Americans in March 2020 that face masks were not an effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He returned the following month
In March, Gao 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. expressed its 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.
The Washington Post gained access to 866 pages of Fauci’s emails through a Freedom Of Information request. The doctor is pictured in February 2020
Meanwhile, The Washington Post published several other emails that Fauci sent and received in the early months of the pandemic.
A message sent on April 1 reveals that Fauci has spoken with Bill Gates by phone about the possibility of the government working with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a possible coronavirus vaccine.
Several other reports show that the doctor, in turn, was alarmed and amused by the fact that he had become a household name overnight.
A colleague also sent a link to another article stating that Fauci-themed socks and donuts were up for sale.
‘Really surreal. Hopefully this will all end soon,” Fauci replied. “It’s not fun at all, that’s for sure.”
In one email, however, the 80-year-old doctor was stunned that he had become an unlikely sex symbol.
On April 8, Fauci received a Google News warning for his name, which included a link to an article titled ‘Cuomo Crush and ‘Fauci Fever’ – Sexualization of these men is happening on the internet.”
Fauci forwarded the link to an unknown acquaintance and wrote: ‘You will be amazed. Our society is really completely insane.’
Reports show that the doctor, in turn, was alarmed and amused by the fact that he had become a household name overnight
Meanwhile, the newly released emails reveal security concerns for Fauci in the early months of the pandemic.
While many swooned over the infectious disease expert, others took aim at him for his flip-flops posts.
In April, the federal government hired full-time security for the top doctor after he became the subject of threats by publicly contradicting then-President Trump about the virus.
Freddie Barnes, a military veteran and chaplain with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, wrote to Fauci on April 26, warning the expert to look back using police terminology.
“Watch out,” Barnes wrote. “And cover your six.”
In April, the federal government hired full-time security for the top doctors after he became the subject of threats after publicly contradicting President Trump about the virus