How much do you know about Dr. Anthony Fauci? Until the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, he was the little-known Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Today he may be the most well-known doctor in the world.
When President Trump created his Corona Virus Task Force, he named Dr. Fauci as one of his medical experts on infectious disease. Soon, the face of Dr. Fauci became a regular on our television screens in the daily briefings that marked the beginning of the pandemic. The country listened to his every word, desperate to learn more about this virus that threatened our lives. Many likened him to Moses coming down from the mountain with words of God.
But in time we began to notice inconsistencies in sage-one’s advice. At first, he told us masks were useless to prevent infection – and then they were critical. Even now, he claims we need masks even after vaccination – a statement that any physician knows is ludicrous.
When the Biden administration kept him as part of their corona virus advisory group, but rejected all the other Trump appointees, you had to wonder why. Could it be he loved the limelight enough to compromise his scientific principles just to get along with the new administration?
Now, we have more reason to doubt the integrity of Dr. Fauci. James Freeman, writing in The Wall Street Journal, reports on a revealing article published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Nicholas Wade. Wade is described by the Bulletin as a science writer, editor, and author who has worked on the staff of Nature, Science, and The New York Times.
Wade’s article implicates Fauci and the NIAID in the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The virus that caused the pandemic is known officially as SARS-CoV-2, but can be called SARS2 for short. As many people know, there are two main theories about its origin. One is that it jumped naturally from wildlife to people. The other is that the virus was under study in a lab, from which it escaped. . . It seems to me that proponents of lab escape can explain all the available facts about SARS2 considerably more easily than can those who favor natural emergence.”
Wade describes a key Chinese researcher whose work received support from Dr. Fauci’s institute via a U.S. group called EcoHealth Alliance. “Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, led by China’s leading expert on bat viruses, Shi Zheng-li or “Bat Lady”, mounted frequent expeditions to the bat-infested caves of Yunnan in southern China and collected around a hundred different bat coronaviruses. . . It cannot yet be stated that Shi did or did not generate SARS2 in her lab because her records have been sealed, but it seems she was certainly on the right track to have done so. “It is clear that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was systematically constructing novel chimeric coronaviruses and was assessing their ability to infect human cells and human-ACE2-expressing mice,” says Richard H. Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University and leading expert on biosafety.”
The article by Wade is 35 pages long, and filled with the complexities of virology. In it, Wade details at length why he believes a lab-created virus in this case is much more likely than a natural one. His argument is clear: The scourge was particularly suited to attack humans and yet there’s little if any evidence showing a natural evolution from a virus that attacks bats to a virus that attacks people.
What is Dr. Fauci’s role in this?
Freeman says there seems to be some debate about whether the Wuhan coronavirus work really did involve “gain of function” research – genetically engineering viruses to attack people under the premise that such research assists in learning how to counter future threats. In February the website Politifact reported, “All parties involved in the grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology have denied that it involved gain-of-function research.” Politifact attributed a quotation to the National Institutes of Health, the parent agency of Dr. Fauci’s organization: “The NIH told us: “The research supported under the grant to EcoHealth Alliance Inc. characterized the function of newly discovered bat spike proteins and naturally occurring pathogens and did not involve the enhancement of the pathogenicity or transmissibility of the viruses studied.”
There has been a strong push-back from the world of virologists to the theory that the SARS2 virus escaped from the Wuhan virology lab. But admitting such a theory would threaten virology research around the world. Wade strongly suggests, and his analysis of the known facts strongly corroborates, that this is the most likely explanation for the origin of this pandemic. The good Dr. Fauci seems to be right in the middle of this effort to deny any culpability for this disaster.
Several Republican Congressmen, including the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R- Wash.) recently wrote to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to “request that the U.S. Department of State release unclassified documents and declassify other documents for public release, as appropriate, related to the assertion in the department’s January 15, 2021 Fact Sheet that the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China collaborated with the Chinese military in conducting classified research including laboratory animal experiments.”
Will we ever really know the origin of the Covid-19 virus? It’ s difficult to say, but what is clear now is that there are many people not just in China who don’t want the truth to be known.