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On Dec 18, 2021, the Editor in Chief of The Lancet Richard Horton wrote, “To be clear, the lab leak theory was and remains a perfectly legitimate line of inquiry.” Despite being considered a “conspiracy theory” by many, the GOP Oversight Committee has released emails showing Dr. Anthony Fauci may have concealed lab leak info.
These newly released emails show that Fauci knew at the beginning of 2020 that a genetically manipulated virus may have leaked, intentionally or unintentionally, from the lab in Wuhan.
In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan pointed to a Feb 1, 2020 conference call that included Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins in which the virus’ origins were discussed.
According to the letter, it was on this call that Fauci and Collins were warned that COVID-19 may have leaked from the lab in Wuhan and may have been intentionally genetically manipulated through gain of function research. US Republicans are now questioning whether the lab leak theory was dropped due to influence from Fauci and/or Collins.
According to Comer and Jordan, the emails, which are included with the letter, contain notes from the Feb. 1, 2020 conference call. One of the emails, from Dr. Jeremy Farrar to Collins, Fauci and current NIH Acting Director, Lawrence Tabak, stated that “a likely explanation” could involve accidentally creating a virus that would be primed for rapid transmission between humans. Discussing the similarities to a bat coronavirus and the very specific differences, Farrar said he “just can’t figure out how this gets accomplished in nature.”
Fauci and Collins expressed hope a Nature Medicine article on the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 would settle this. But it didn’t. This paper, as mentioned in the emails, was being used to shut down the debate. But it failed to do so and was criticized by many.
Comer and Jordan are now asking HHS for information regarding whether Fauci and Collins warned anyone at the White House about the lab leak theory, whether there was new evidence between Feb 1 and Feb 4, 2020, that convinced them it was not a leak, and whether they edited the content of the Nature Medicine article.
The congressmen are also calling for Fauci to appear for a transcribed interview where they can discuss this matter regarding the possibility of Fauci and his colleagues hiding information.
In September of 2021, we published a story about documents that were made public via a freedom of information act (FOIA) request revealing details about U.S funded research in Wuhan. The documents suggest that gain-of-function (GOF) experiments were taking place with coronaviruses and humanized mice. If true, Dr. Anthony Fauci would be guilty of lying to congress and playing a part in funding this research.