Key Takeaways From Fauci’s Emails About COVID-19

On June 1, 2021, BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post published thousands of pandemic emails from January to June 2020. Below are key takeaways from Fauci's emails regarding the coronavirus.

The effectiveness of mask-wearing: FAUCI VS FAUCI

Fauci has openly flopped back and forth on mask-wearing. He has gone from once dismissing the need for masks and later supporting double masking. In the early stages of the pandemic, Fauci appeared not to be alarmed by the new coronavirus. On February 5, in an email to former HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Fauci wrote that only those infected should be wearing masks. When the email was sent out, there were almost no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. The first non-travel-related U.S. case was confirmed on February 26, 2020. However, the lack of consistency in regards to mask-wearing coming from the CDC and Fauci on how "effective" mask-wearing is has caused emotional disruption amongst the general public: Fauci email on mask-wearing reads:

"Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading the infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring the infection," Fauci wrote Burwell. "The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out [the] virus, which is small enough to pass through the material."

On July 23, 2020, an image taken by The Associated Press showed Fauci at season-opening Major League Baseball game. Fauci was seated directly between his wife and another man with no spacing between them and his mask pulled down. Fauci called the circulated photo “mischievous” and argued that he pulled the mask down only because he was drinking water.

A the time this photo was being circulated on social media, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was recommending that people wear face masks, even those made from cloth, at public indoor spaces or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.


By May 2020, Fauci was notified via email that patients in the U.K. that tested positive for the virus and placed on ventilators were dying at a "high death rate." In an email addressed that same month, Fauci agrees that ventilators should be used as a "last resort due to the high mortality rate of ventilators."

In March 2020, Fauci argued that governor Cuomo needed 30,000 for New York citizens who tested positive for the virus. At the time, former president trump was skeptical such a large number of ventilators were required.

According to the most recent study, from March 1 to April 4 in the New York hospital system, nearly 9 in 10 COVID-19 patients who were put on a ventilator died.

The most recent analysis study concluded that most hospitalized U.S. COVID-19 patients did not survive after being placed on a mechanical ventilator.

Asymptomatic spread

Asymptomatic spread can best be defined when someone isn't showing signs of being infected with the virus but can still spread it to others. Part of the reason behind mandatory face mandates had to do with this. On February 4, 2020, Fauci detailed that he knew Asymptomatic spread wasn't common with Covid. Fauci wrote the following:

"Error in my statement to you. I meant to say that '.....most transmissions occur from someone who is symptomatic'- not asymptomatic."

The "lab leak theory"

Fauci and his associates have publicly denounced the lab leak theory- despite emails showing that they were made aware of a possible lab leak in Wuhan.

On February 21, 2020, Dr. Fauci received an email from Michael Jacobs, a Weill Cornell Medical College Associate Professor of Dermatology.

The email reads:

"We have been following the coronavirus pandemic closely," he wrote. "We think that there is a possibility that the virus was released from a lab in Wuhan, the biotech area of China."
"We also think the virus might be complexed with another organism, such as yeast or fungus to make it more sticky."
We feel that immediate action must be taken by United States scientists to try to neutralize this threat."

Instead of responding to Michael Jacob's email directly, Fauci forwarded the email to NIH Deputy Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Dr. Cristina Cassetti and told her to "please handle."

In another email, Dr. Peter Daszak, a researcher tied to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, thanked Fauci for publicly disavowing the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan.

"From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus's origins," Peter Daszak, a zoologist and head of the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance, wrote to Fauci in April 2020. Daszak's non-profit, whose mission includes the prevention of pandemics, funneled $3.4 million in U.S. grants to the WIV for the purpose of studying bat coronaviruses.

"Many thanks for your kind note," Fauci responded.

Daszak, who also works for the World Health Organization, has gone on record admitting that he was involved with manipulating coronaviruses.

"Potentially engineered" virus

On January 31, 2020, National Institute of Health scientist Kristian Anderson warned Fauci that the virus looked "potentially engineered," she writes:

"The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered."

Gain of function

Emails from Fauci prove that he knew the Wuhan Institute of Virology was carrying out dangerous gain-of-function research,

"Gain of function" refers to changing a sample of a virus and making it more contagious or dangerous to study a more effective response.

According to past reports, Fauci had argued that 'gain-of-function' virus experiments were worth the risk of a pandemic.

On February 1, 2020, Fauci wrote to Hugh Auchincloss, deputy, and fellow immunologist, the following email :

"It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. I have a conference call with [Health and Human Services Secretary Alex] Azar. Read this paper, as well as the email I will forward you now. You will have tasks today that must be done."

That same day, Auchincloss replies back to Fauci and mentions another colleague by the name of Emily.

"The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause, but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH. Not sure what that means since Emily is sure that no coronavirus has gone through [a] P3 framework. She will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad."

The National Institutes of Health put a "pause" on the gain of function research in 2014 but lifted it in 2017.

Fauci ignores scientist who told him China was lying about virus and data

In March 2020, Fauci brushed off an email from physicist and CEO of Bio-Signal Technologies, Erik A. Nilsen. Nilsen warns Fauci via email on Chinese disinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

"The data posted by China is not only garbage, it has misled the world into a false sense of security," Nilsen wrote. He said COVID-19 could become a "tsunami in the USA," adding: "I believe we missed the containment boat quite a while ago."
"I'm confident that China stopped counting dead COVID-19- infected bodies [since] January 7, 2020," he wrote.

Fauci forwarded the email to an aide and wrote: "Too long for me to read."


In March 2020, physicist and CEO of Bio-Signal Technologies, Erik A. Nilsen, advises Fauci that the drugs Alvesco and Hydroxychloroquine could help battle the coronavirus pandemic. Still, Fauci ignored the email and claimed it was "too long" for him to read.

The Fallout

There have been reports that the White House is discussing an exit strategy for Fauci. Meanwhile, Fauci's 80-page book, Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward, set for publication on November 2 and made available for pre-order, has been scrubbed from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author's Final Notes:

Whether political considerations have influenced Fauci's decisions and public statements on the virus is still questionable. The emails do make someone question Fauci's ethics.

This story is still unfolding; Red Liberty Media will continue to bring you the latest takeaways regarding this matter.

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