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Forgetful Fauci comes (almost) clean


CONCERNED citizens were terrified to challenge covid pandemic measures such as social distancing and mask wearing in case they killed Granny. Never in our history had protocols like this been introduced to protect us from infectious disease, and people had the right to assume they were firmly based in science. Now, the most prominent covid scientist of all, US presidential health adviser Dr Anthony Fauci, admits ‘they just appeared’; many interventions were arbitrary without real science to back them up. 

Dr Fauci is the former director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) where he was an Aids co-ordinator. In January this year, he gave evidence to America’s covid inquiry, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, and a full transcript of his two-day testimony was released last week.

In many of his responses, he seemed to be suffering memory problems. ‘I don’t recall’ was an answer used more than 100 times. As the UK largely followed the US, and vice versa, hearing honest details from those in charge is essential.

His testimony is over 470 pages long but here we pull out key takeaways.

How covid arrived is a bone of contention with the finger pointed firmly at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, and a gain-of-function lab leak. Dr Fauci was asked: ‘Do you think the possibility or the hypothesis that the coronavirus emerged from a laboratory accident is a conspiracy theory?’ He responded: ‘Well, it’s a possibility.’ He said he was keeping an ‘open mind’ but he felt it was more likely to be a ‘natural occurrence . . . But in and of itself, [it] isn’t inherently a conspiracy theory.’

Many prominent doctors, scientists, academics and journalists were lambasted for even suggesting it as a possibility, with most sanctioned on the social media platforms Twitter (now X), Instagram and Facebook. Many lost their accounts altogether and were branded far-right conspiracy theorists. All debate was cancelled.

There is an ongoing investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused covid-19. Unless the Chinese co-operate it is unlikely we will know whether it came from the lab or was zoonotic (animal) in origin. Dr Peter Daszak, the British president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that funnelled US taxpayer money to WIV for coronavirus research, is said to be linked with Dr Fauci although when a photograph of them together was produced, Dr Fauci said they did not know each other well.

Furthermore he downplayed his connection to his long-term senior adviser, Dr David Morens, who deleted emails after unearthed messages showed him bragging about learning how to avoid the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and who was in frequent communication with Peter Daszak.

The subcommittee has recommended that Dr Daszak be criminally investigated, and he and his company banned from receiving future public funding – EcoHealth currently receives $16million a year from the taxpayer. Dr Daszak, Ralph Baric and Linfa Wang, fellow infectious disease experts, even sent a statement to the Lancet when questions about Wuhan were first raised in the media. It condemned ‘conspiracy theories suggesting that covid-19 does not have a natural origin’. A leaked email from Dr Daszak to Dr Fauci appeared to thank him for downplaying the theory that the virus was lab-created.

Social distancing measures caused much grief, and the directive came from Dr Fauci. Asked to explain the measures, he could not recall the origins. Asked about the two-metre or 6ft recommendation endorsed by public health officials here and in the US, he said: ‘It sort of just appeared.’ He added he was not aware of any studies that supported the theory and said: ‘ . . . in fact, that would be a very difficult study to do.’

Social distancing had pernicious effects. It made it nearly impossible for schools to re-open due to pressure from teachers’ unions who felt teachers could not follow the guideline. It was costly for businesses to adapt, but if they did not, they faced permanent closure. An article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in August 2020 said the rule was based on outdated science. But it was applied and caused widespread economic and social damage.

Masks became a big part of our lives. Accepted by most adults, there was huge concern when it came to forcing children to wear them in the classroom. Now associated with learning loss and speech development issues, their introduction should have been backed with solid data. Asked whether he reviewed any studies that supported masking children Dr Fauci said: ‘I might have, but I don’t recall specifically that I did. I believe there are a lot of conflicting studies too, that there are those that say, yes, there is an impact, and there are those that say there’s not. I still think that’s up in the air.’ It should never have been ‘in the air’ in the first place and there should have been no ambiguity around the potential damage to children.

Once schools reopened, teachers were forced to wear masks which meant that children could not see them talk. This prevented young children watching them form words. Many studies say this contributed to learning loss. 

One of the most common reasons for people taking the experimental covid vaccines was so that they could travel. Only essential workers were allowed to travel during lockdowns and the Trump administration restricted travel from China to the US and then from other countries. For a while, no one could enter the US unless they had been vaccinated. Dr Fauci admitted he agreed with these measures.

Dr Fauci was asked if he recalled this statement he made in May 2021: ‘When you get vaccinated, you not only protect your own health and that of the family, but also you contribute to the community health by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community. In other words, you become a dead end to the virus.’

The advice was wrong, and he admitted: ‘Right now, vaccines do not necessarily protect very well at all against infection.’

Vaccine mandates resulted in many unnecessary injuries as people worried about taking the covid jabs were cornered. Millions of students, health professionals, carers and military were mandated in the US and to a lesser extent in the UK. 

Dr Fauci thinks mandates caused vaccine hesitancy – which could now be seen as a good thing as all vaccination comes with risk. He described the mandates as a ‘lesson learned’ and said: ‘ . . . we really need to take a look at the psyche of the country, have maybe some social-type studies to figure out, does the mandating of vaccines in the way the country’s mental framework is right now, does that actually cause more people to not want to get vaccinated, or not? I don’t know. But I think that’s something we need to know.’

The economic devastation caused by covid is estimated to have cost the UK between £310billion and £410billion, the equivalent of about £4,600 to £6,100 per person in the UK, according to government documents. Globally, economic output dropped by an estimated $8.5trillion in the first two years of the pandemic, and lest we forget, largely because of unscientific and arbitrary measures introduced and sanctioned by Dr Anthony Fauci.

Part one of the transcript is here, and Part two of the transcript is here.  

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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