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Fauci’s emails from 2020 made public

News outlets obtained Anthony Fauci’s emails. Fauci’s emails acquired through a FOIA request.

Where: United States

The Facts

▪ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails from January-June 2020 were acquired through a request made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Washington Post, CNN, and BuzzFeed News.

▪ Dr. Fauci wrote in an email from February 2020, “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection… I do not recommend that you wear a mask.”

▪ Another email from EcoHealth director Peter Daszak to Fauci read, “I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

▪ Since then, Republican members of Select Subcommittee of the Coronavirus Crisis and Committee on Oversight and Reform, Steve Scalise and James Comer, wrote a letter calling for Fauci to testify before Congress on the origins of COVID-19.

▪ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “Dr. Fauci…he’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response. But it’s obviously not that advantageous for me to re-litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”

▪ Psaki stated, “I would reiterate a lot of these emails are from 17 months ago or more, certainly predating this administration, but some time ago in — as we look to history.”

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