The Washington Post has recently released a series of email correspondences of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
866-page-long collection of emails was obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and contains Fauci’s written exchanges with various key figures during the first months of the pandemic in the U.S.
The Washington Post described the correspondence as an ‘opening of a window to Fauci’s world’ during the early stages of the crisis, adding that the main Fauci’s preoccupation at a time was to ‘bring coherence’ to the U.S. pandemic response.
The newspaper particularly pointed out that Fauci reacted to the tendencies of then-President Donald Trump to ‘minimize the severity of the coronavirus.’
The newspaper recalled that Fauci, who started his term during the AIDS crisis in the 80s, is now serving under the seventh different U.S. President.
The media outlet stressed that ‘many Republicans’ view the famous immunologist as having a significant role in bringing Joe Biden, the last of the seven presidents, into the White House.
The newspaper even cited Fauci’s characterization of the messages that were coming out of the White House under Trump as ‘confusing.’
The controversy around Fauci’s role
Fauci was not exempt from criticism surrounding his role in the U.S. response to the pandemic.
Many commentators talked about the NAID director’s confusing recommendations about COVID-19 masks and his inefficient handling of the vaccine roll-out.
But, after the exposé of Fauci’s emails, several conversations were particularly addressed by Fauci’s critics.
The first is the one with Dr. Peter Daszak, the president of the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.
Daszak is believed to be involved in the gain-of-function research in the Wuhan lab in China. These sorts of research involve a purposeful modification of the pathogen to increase its virulence and transmissibility.
Fauci’s correspondence with Daszak only elevated already existing suspicions of the famous immunologist’s own involvement in these sorts of unethical research.
Another Fauci’s correspondence that sparked controversy among his critics was with George Gao, a director of the Chinese version of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What particularly irritated Fauci’s critics was the NAID director’s friendly conversation with Gao, despite evidence about China’s intentional minimization of the severity of the COVID-19 disease and lies about national statistics.
Finally, some commentators did not like an email from Janet Tobias, Ikana Health Media CEO, who approached Fauci to discuss a documentary about the famous immunologist’s life.
Given that the message was sent in April 2020, Fauci’s critics asked how the NAID director deserved to have a movie about his life when the pandemic just began, and its outcome seemed anything but certain.