Julia Roberts has been a Dr. Anthony Fauci advocate for some time now. On Thursday, Roberts mentioned her family has been profoundly inspired by the doctor’s work with the COVID-19 and HIV viruses, presenting Fauci with amfAR’s Award of Courage for 2021. “Your calm and your reassurance have been something that left an indelible mark […]
By Chuck Ross
Daily Caller News Foundation
Anthony Fauci’s deputy was required to sign a confidentiality agreement “tailored to China’s terms” before joining a World Health Organization team in China early last year to collect data about the novel coronavirus, according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
A WHO technical officer informed Dr. Cliff Lane, the Fauci deputy, would have to sign a confidentiality form and a disclosure of interest approved by Chinese authorities, according to a Feb. 15, 2020, email.
“The forms this time are tailored to China’s terms so we cannot use the ones from before,” Mansuk Daniel Han, a technical officer at WHO’s headquarters in Switzerland, wrote to Lane, who serves as deputy director for clinical research at the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Han asked Lane to complete a DOI, or disclosure of interest, along with the confidentiality form.
The DCNF obtained the email through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (FOIA) filed on its behalf by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group. The DCNF’s FOIA request sought Fauci and Lane’s emails referencing the World Health Organization and China.
“These new emails show WHO and Fauci’s [National Institutes of Health] gave special accommodations to Chinese communist efforts to control information about COVID-19,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
It is not clear what restrictions Beijing included in its confidentiality forms. They were not included in the emails turned over by the government to Judicial Watch and the DCNF.
The WHO did not respond to a request for comment.
The Chinese government has maintained a tight grip on scientists both inside and outside China studying the virus.
Beijing also delayed a World Health Organization team that visited Wuhan last month to investigate the origins of the virus. On Jan. 4, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the setback “disappointing.”
The team was able to visit Wuhan last month, but some scientists on the mission said Chinese authorities had refused to turn over raw data on early coronavirus patients in Wuhan.
China’s delay tactics earned a stern rebuke from the Biden administration, which called on authorities to turn over the raw data.
“They’re about to come out with a report about the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, China, that we have questions about because we do not believe that China has made available sufficient original data into how this pandemic began to spread both in China and then eventually around the world,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said of the WHO during a Feb. 21 interview.
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Media darling Dr. Anthony Fauci showed yet again how loyal he is to Democrats on CNN Newsroom Tuesday, by backtracking from his own prior statements so he could defend Vice President Kamala Harris’s “starting from scratch” lie.
Fauci backed up Harris after she was caught pushing debunked lies to Axios about the Trump administration not having any vaccine plan or stockpile, prior to Biden taking office.
Tuesday morning on CNN, co-anchor Jim Sciutto ended a interview with Fauci, that praised the Biden administration’s handling of the pandemic, with two critical questions about Democrats:
Andrew Cuomo is coming under a fair amount of criticism now for the big move back to long-term care facilities in the midst of this crisis here. He’s argued that his state was following federal guidelines when he ordered those long-term care facilities to accept patients returning from hospitals. I wonder, could you clear that up. Was he actually following federal guidelines to do that?
Kamala Harris, she spoke, the Vice President of course, spoke to HBO Axios over the weekend and she said, she used this phrase again, ‘we’re starting from scratch.’ And I wonder if you agree with that, that the vaccination plan come January 20th of this year, that you were starting from the beginning there or was there something in place that just needed some improvements?
Fauci refused to get political for the first question, responding that he “preferred not to comment” on the Democrat governor’s nursing home scandal (though he previously had no problem praising Cuomo’s leadership.)
But for the second, he did get political. The WH advisor and Director for the NIAID actually contradicted his own prior statements rejecting CNN’s anonymously-sourced story (which also insisted the Biden admin had inherited a “nonexistent” distribution plan and had to “start from scratch.”) Fauci also found time to knock the Republican administration he previously worked for:
FAUCI: What I think the Vice President is referring to is that the actual plan of getting the vaccine doses into people’s arms was really rather vague. I mean, it was not a well coordinated plan. Getting the vaccines made, getting them shipped through Operation Warp Speed was okay.
But I believe what the Vice President is referring to is what is the process of actually getting these doses into people. That is something that we had to get much better organized now with getting the community vaccine centers, getting the pharmacies involved, getting mobile units involved. So that is what I believe she was referring to.
Of course, Sciutto ate that up, asking “Okay. Do we have a plan now in your view? A workable plan to get a significant enough plan to get vaccinations into people’s arms?” to which Dr. Fauci quickly confirmed, “Yes, absolutely.”
Read the transcript here:
JIM SCIUTTO: Final question, you’re a New Yorker yourself, you don’t live there right now. Andrew Cuomo is coming under a fair amount of criticism now for the big move back to long-term care facilities in the midst of this crisis here. He’s argued that his state was following federal guidelines when he ordered those long-term care facilities to accept patients returning from hospitals. I wonder, could you clear that up. Was he actually following federal guidelines to do that?
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: You know, Jim. I can’t, I’m sorry, I honestly am not trying to evade your question but I’m not sure of the details of all the details of that and I think if I make a statement, it is probably could either be incorrect or taken out of context. So I prefer not to comment on that.
SCIUTTO: Okay, final question then on vaccination. Because on the issue of whether there was a plan in place before the Biden administration took over, Kamala Harris, she spoke, the Vice President of course, spoke to HBO Axios over the weekend and she said, she used this phrase again, ‘we’re starting from scratch.’ And I wonder if you agree with that, that the vaccination plan come January 20th of this year, that you were starting from the beginning there or was there something in place that just needed some improvements?
FAUCI: What I think the Vice President is referring to is that the actual plan of getting the vaccine doses into people’s arms was really rather vague. I mean, it was not a well coordinated plan. Getting the vaccines made, getting them shipped through operation warp speed was okay. But I believe what the vice president is referring to is what is the process of actually getting these doses into people. That is something that we had to get much better organized now with getting the community vaccine centers, getting the pharmacies involved, getting mobile units involved. So that is what I believe she was referring to.
SCIUTTO: Okay. Do we have a plan now in your view? A workable plan to get a significant enough plan to get vaccinations into people’s arms?
FAUCI: Yes. Absolutely, Jim. The critical issue is that the demand far outweighs the supply. That is the issue. As these vaccines coming in in greater quantities as we get into March and as we get into April, with both Moderna and Pfizer increasing the amounts of doses they’ll give us in addition to J&J [Johnson& Johnson], I’m a little disappointed that the number of doses that we’ll get early on from J&J are relatively small but as we get further into the spring, there will be more and more. That is what we need, Jim. We need more doses. We have a good plan how to get the doses into people’s arms, we just need more vaccine.
SCIUTTO: We’ll be watching closely.Dr. Anthony Fauci, thank you for the work that you do.
White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has won a $1 million prize for “defending science” from the Israel-based Dan David Foundation.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, earned the recognition for a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19, reported the Associated Press.
In an apparent reference to Fauci’s many critics, including at times his former boss President Trump, the foundation credited Fauci with “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis.”
“As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, [Fauci] leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread,” the foundation’s awards committee said.
The panel praised him for “speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment.”
Fauci’s critics, however, point to many flip-flops on major issues related to the pandemic, accusing him of make declarations based more on politics and his personal reputation rather than on science.
In April, Fauci said in an MSNBC interview that he became aware that the outbreak would become a pandemic “towards the middle to end of January” of 2020.
In a Jan. 21, 2020, interview, however, he said the coronavirus was “not a major threat” to the U.S.
Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly asked: “Bottom line. We don’t have to worry about this one, right?”
“Obviously, you need to take it seriously, and do the kinds of things that the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security are doing,” Fauci replied.
“But, this not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.”
In January, Dr Tony Fauci was on my show telling America not to worry about the Coronavirus—that it wasn’t a major threat to the people. January 21, 2020, 20 seconds: pic.twitter.com/RLDivpgbAq
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) April 3, 2020
In March 2020, Fauci co-authored an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine predicting the fatality rate for the coronavirus would turn out to be like that of a “severe seasonal influenza,” which is about one-tenth of 1 percent. That was only weeks after he told Congress the rate was 10 times higher.
Fauci’s lower figure — while the World Health Organization estimated the rate was a staggering 3% to 7% — turned out to be accurate.
However, it was during that month, March 2020, that Fauci and fellow coronavirus taskforce member Deborah Birx approached President Trump with the dire study by the Imperial College of London that estimated 2.2 million Americans could die, leading to federal recommendations for sweeping lockdowns.
In December, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on Fauci to apologize to every school child in America and their parents for not pressing for schools to reopen long before the fall term, when the science already was clear that COVID-19 has little impact on children.
Paul said the error illustrates the problem with basing public policy on one person or on Washington. In this case, there were “grave effects for millions of school children.”
Fauci famously dueled with Paul last summer over whether or not children should go back to school in the fall. Then, three months into the school year, Fauci essentially admitted that Paul was right.
“If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected,” Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” on Nov. 29. “So let’s try to get the kids back and try to mitigate the things that maintain and push the kind of community spread we are trying to avoid.”
Last July, anonymous Trump administration officials distributed a list of every instance in which Fauci and others have made statements about the coronavirus pandemic that turned out to be wrong,
The list included Fauci saying in January 2020 that the virus was not a “major threat”and in March saying “people should not be walking around with masks”
In a July podcast that resurfaced in December, Fauci admitted the widely used PCR tests pick up harmless fragments of the coronarvirus, resulting in many false-positive cases that result in overstating the threat.
In September, a frustrated Dr. Scott Atlas reacted to criticism from Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield after Trump put Atlas on the coronavirus task force.
An NBC News employee reported overhearing Redfield say on a flight, “Everthing [Atlas] says is false.” Fauci, meanwhile, charged in a CNN interview that Atlas was peddling “incorrect” information about masks, COVID’s effect on young people and herd immunity.
Atlas told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham “it’s all about delegitimizing the president and feeding into a false narrative that the president doesn’t listen to the science or the scientists.”
“I was called in because I can translate the medical science into public policy,” Atlas said. “I advise the president to do everything he can to protect the vulnerable, to open schools and open society and to make sure hospitals are not overcrowded.
“Of course, this is the right policy,” he said. “It may not be the policy that everyone agrees with, but it happens to be the exactly the policy in concert with many of the world’s leading epidemiologists and infectious disease people.”
At his first press conference under the Biden administration, Fauci indicated he was now free to tell the truth and enact science-based policies. But he frequently commended President Trump for his actions, declaring on many occasions that Trump adopted his advice.
He said in an interview in March 2020 that the United States was “ahead of the curve” on containing the coronavirus because of President Trump’s unprecedented travel restrictions.
“Clearly, early on, we made a travel ban with regard to China — that was a very smart move right there,” he said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “because what that did was prevent a major influx from China.”
At the time, said Fauci, the focus was on Europe, which was “seeding other countries throughout the world.”
“That’s the reason why we made the very difficult, but appropriate, decision to have a travel ban on the European countries,” said Fauci.
“So we are definitely ahead of the curve on that,” he said.
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Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s school-reopening guide involved a “lot of layering to the mitigations” to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.
Monday’s New York Times hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert, former coronavirus advisor to Donald Trump, and media darling, as he again unloaded on Trump: “Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like.”
Yet as the pandemic spread in early spring, back when sound advice could have saved thousands, Fauci insisted that the public shouldn’t be wearing masks. He later admitted to conjuring up herd immunity numbers. Now Fauci is even recommending people wear two masks (up from zero), but no one is calling him out for discouraging their use in March 2020.
Donald McNeil Jr. buttered up Fauci in his Q&A with the doctor, who is reportedly the highest-paid federal employee in the country, while avoiding the missteps and false statements that have tarnished Fauci’s reputation.
As the coronavirus ravaged the country, Dr. Fauci’s calm counsel and commitment to hard facts endeared him to millions of Americans. But he also became a villain to millions of others. Trump supporters chanted “Fire Fauci,” and the president mused openly about doing so. He was accused of inventing the virus and of being part of a secret cabal with Bill Gates and George Soros to profit from vaccines. His family received death threats….
As one could guess from that introduction, McNeil’s questions were wholly sympathetic (a sampling are in bold type below):
When did you first realize things were going wrong between you and President Trump?
McNeil gave Fauci the room to criticize Trump’s missteps and tried to blame Trump for death threats circulated online by extremists:
When did the death threats start?
After Fauci described being sent a threatening envelope of powder, McNeil followed up:
Did you alert anyone around him? As in, “Hey, you’re going to get me killed?”
Did anyone close to Mr. Trump ever say, “We were wrong, you were right”?
Even after he got so sick that he had to be flown to Walter Reed hospital?
Was nobody else advising him: “Hey, maybe we ought to pay attention to the science?” Jared Kushner? Mike Pence?
Let me ask: Do you think Donald Trump cost the country tens or hundreds of thousands of lives?
Fauci didn’t answer that directly.
McNeil had plenty of space to ask Fauci to justify his discouraging the general public from using facemasks early on in the pandemic. But McNeil didn’t. He also didn’t question Fauci for admitting he had played loose with the percentage of how many U.S. residents needed to be vaccinated for “herd immunity” to kick in.
McNeil has authoritarian tendencies on health issues: He praised the Chinese Communist Party and Communist Cuba for their thuggish methods of coronavirus control.
Dr. Anthony Fauci reappeared in the White House press briefing, admitting that he felt more liberated speaking about the coronavirus now. “You said I was joking about it. I was very serious,” Fauci said with a laugh.