‘We will get through this together’: Newly-released emails reveal Dr Fauci’s friendly messages to CHINESE expert at start of COVID outbreak - but he didn’t ask any questions about how pandemic started
- The Washington Post obtained 866 pages of Dr. Fauci’s emails from March and April 2020
- They reveal his very friendly relationship with Dr. George Gao - the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Fauci did not ask Gao whether he knew how COVID-19 originated, as claims the virus leaked from a lab in epicenter Wuhan reach fever pitch
- Other e-mails show Fauci spoke with Bill Gates about the possibility of developing a vaccine
- The 80-year-old doctor also appear amused by his newfound fame, forwarding on an article about how he had become a sex symbol
Fauci took a warm and friendly tone with Gao, and did not ask any questions about the origins of the virus.
Last week, the top doctor conceded that there should be further investigation into the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan known to perform experiments on bat coronaviruses. He did so despite spending much of the last year playing down that suggestion.
In March, Gao told Science magazine that it was a ‘big mistake’ for United States experts (including Fauci) to tell their citizens that they did not need to wear face masks.
A subsequent email shows that Gao was anxious as to how Fauci would interpret the remark.
He messaged Fauci on March 28 saying: ‘I saw the Science interview… That was journalist’s wording. Hope you understand. Lets work together to get the virus out of the earth.’
Fauci warmly replied: ‘I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together.’
On April 3, Fauci formally reversed his stance on mask-wearing, telling Americans that they should cover their noses and mouths to stop the spread. The top doctor was slammed by numerous pundits and millions of Americans for giving mixed messages.
He later said he did so to try and prevent members of the public panic-buying masks when hospitals were struggling to obtain adequate supplies of PPE.
However, in one email the 80-year-old doctor bemused by the fact he had become an unlikely sex symbol.
On April 8, Fauci received a Google News alert for his name, which included a link to an article titled, ‘Cuomo Crush and ‘Fauci Fever’ — Sexualization of These Men Is a Real Thing on the Internet.’
Fauci forwarded the link to an unidentified acquaintance and wrote: ‘It will blow your mind. Our society is really totally nuts.’