Biden Says He Is “Very Confident” in Fauci Amid Thousands of Emails Revealed

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Biden said he is “very confident” in Dr. Fauci, amid the revelation of thousands of his emails during the early days of the pandemic.

Biden on Confidence Levels in Fauci

While Biden was updating reporters as he left Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a reporter shouted a question, asking the President if he is “still confident in Dr. Fauci. Biden looked back in the room and confirmed that he is “very confident” in Dr. Fauci.

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Thousands of Dr. Fauci’s emails were released through the Freedom of Information Act request. These emails revealed the flip-flopping opinion of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Accordingly, Republicans seek answers from the director of NIAID. They aim to ascertain why Fauci did not pursue the theory that the virus could have originated from a lab in China more aggressively. 

In an email dated February 2020, Fauci also mentioned that wearing masks is “unnecessary,” saying that they should be worn only by those who were already infected by the virus. Yet, Fauci admitted that he downplayed the effectiveness of masks to prevent the supplies for medical professionals from running low. 

Meanwhile, State Department officials are also asking for transparency from China. This transparency deals with why they were explicitly instructed not to explore the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s gain-of-function research. Department officials are suspecting that the reason for this is because of the unwelcomed attention that the U.S. might get for funding the research. 

White House press secretary: Let Dr. Fauci speak for himself

During a press briefing on Thursday, the White House press secretary mentioned that Fauci had been an “undeniable asset” to the pandemic response of the U.S. The press secretary also said that let Fauci speak for himself when she was asked about Fauci’s emails.  

Psaki then mentioned that it is not advantageous to relitigate the contents of the emails that were exchanged 17 months ago.  

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Meanwhile, in one email, Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), gave credence to the theory that the virus could have originated in a lab in Wuhan. The subject line of the email says, “conspiracy gains momentum.”

Then, in an email dated February 1, 2020, Kristian Andersen, an immunologist, also wrote an email to Fauci describing the “unusual features” of COVID-19 that could suggest it was a result of a lab manipulation. 

Another controversial email comes from Peter Daszak, the head of EcoHealth, which received millions in grants. This includes the $600,000 grant coming from the NIAID, which was later on given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in order to examine the hazard that bat coronaviruses could do with humans.

In a Senate hearing last month, Dr. Fauci also told lawmakers that the U.S. gave a $600,000 grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the course of five years.