It feels like we’re living in an era of never-ending cries of “but the emails!” This time, the emails being referenced are Dr. Anthony Fauci’s that appear to show he knew about and tried to stop the Wuhan “lab leak” theory about the potential origins of Covid-19, per NBC News. Covid deniers and anti-vaxxers have grabbed onto this bit of news without taking the time to review fully the thousands of emails that were revealed. (The Hill does a good job of breaking the info down, for those interested.)
Fauci has come under fire over the past year and a half for his changing guidance in regards to Covid-19 and keeping people safe from it. Of course, he has changed his advice, as Covid-19 is a virus no doctor or scientist in the world had ever seen before the pandemic. As the scientific community learned more about the virus, guidelines changed.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, meanwhile, has made her feelings about the situation — and Dr. Fauci — clear. Here’s what she said after the emails were made public.
This is what Jen Psaki said about Dr. Fauci and his emails
In a press briefing on June 3, Jen Psaki said that Dr. Anthony Fauci has “been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response.” She went on to say, “But it’s obviously not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”
Dr. Fauci is the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His emails were released through the Freedom of Information Act, per the New York Post. They revealed that he had communicated with the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as with “the leader of a nonprofit that contracted with the Wuhan lab,” per the Post. One email revealed that Fauci was told in January 2020 that a researcher “believed the virus genome had signs of lab manipulation,” the paper reported.
“The president and the administration feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role and getting the pandemic under control and being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic,” Psaki said on June 3 (via the Post). Clearly, the White House is standing by Fauci’s leadership.
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