Conservatives have long expressed suspicions about National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief Dr. Anthony Fauci and his true expertise amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the damning claims made about him in a new book are to believed, then it seems that those suspicions were well-founded.
Fox News published excerpts from a book by Australian investigative journalist Sharri Markson called What Really Happened In Wuhan, and it paints a disturbing picture.
According to Fox, Markson alleges that Fauci misled the Trump administration regarding so-called “gain of function” research that was being conducted in China.
Fauci misled Trump admin
In her book, Markson contends that “Fauci’s public persona as a cautious, careful medical professional” isn’t consistent with his actual record of behavior.
She accuses the NIAID head of “kickstarting exceptionally fraught gain of function research in the United States after the ban introduced in the Obama era, along with his role in funding coronavirus research in China in unsafe laboratories.” Markson insists that this includes laboratories “that intelligence agencies suspect may have sparked” the ongoing pandemic.
An example included how Fauci apparently tried to convince then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to restore funding for research on coronaviruses in bats that was being conducted in China by an American non-profit entity called EcoHealth Alliance.
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar was quoted as saying, “Tony, you have to take it up with the boss. Meadows is the one making this call.”
Markson alleges that Fauci had “no qualms” about lobbying Meadows despite public knowledge that EcoHealth “had been funding the Wuhan laboratories conducting gain of function research on coronaviruses in the same city where the pandemic started.”
Fauci denies the allegations
For his part, the NIAID chief has consistently denied that his agency was involved in gain of function research, something that he stressed during a heated exchange this summer with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R)
“You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans,” Paul told Fauci in a July hearing, according to Fox. “You’re saying that’s not gain of function?”
“That is correct, and Senator Paul,” Fauci replied, “you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially.”