- A recently surfaced email from Dr. Anthony Fauci confirms that he was aware of the gain-of-function research being conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
- Despite this acknowledgment, Fauci has publicly dismissed the lab-leak theory as a “conspiracy theory” and promoted a natural origin for the virus.
- Sen. Rand Paul responded to the email release, suggesting it is further evidence of a cover-up by Fauci regarding the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
In a startling revelation, an email from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, has surfaced, confirming that the embattled infectious disease expert admitted to a “fact” that gain-of-function experiments were conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
This email was released by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The email, dated Feb. 1, 2020, was addressed to top officials in the Department of Health and Human Services.
In it, Fauci reports on a meeting he had with Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, other “highly credible scientists,” and Dr. Francis Collins, the then-director of the National Institutes of Health.
He acknowledged in his email, “The suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan.”
Despite this, Fauci has publicly downplayed the possibility of the COVID-19 virus leaking from the lab, dismissing it as a “conspiracy theory.”
He has continued to promote the theory that the virus originated naturally from an animal source.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has clashed repeatedly with Fauci over the course of the pandemic, responded to the email’s release by stating: “In case you needed any more proof Fauci orchestrated a cover-up… Now ask yourself why…”
Notably, during a Senate Committee hearing in May 2021, Fauci unequivocally denied NIH funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute.
“Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect,” he stated to Paul. “The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute.”
These email revelations continue to fuel the debate on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling into question the honesty of those at the highest level of public health administration.