Fox’s Baier reveals ‘disturbing new evidence’ on what Fauci knew about origins of COVID-19

Fox News claims to have evidence that Dr. Anthony Fauci — the head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — and others in the upper echelons of the U.S. government may have actively worked to suppress notions that the coronavirus pandemic was the result of a leak from a Chinese lab. 

In a Thursday article, Fox’s Jason Chaffetz cited reporting from fellow host Bret Baier that is said to have “exposed disturbing new evidence” about public health officials’ narratives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s bad enough that Fauci, who later testified before the Senate that ‘I represent science,’ misled the public about the credibility of the lab leak theory,” Chaffetz wrote in his op-ed. “But perhaps the most frightening aspect of this whole story is the way journalists, government, social media and scientific allies of the left conspired to control the public narrative.”

Chaffetz went on: “They successfully imposed Chinese-style narrative control in the United States of America. Working together, leftist apologists from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to scientific journals like the Lancet stifled valid questions, censored credible scientific perspectives, and prevented justified congressional inquiry.”

“Inconsistent with expectations”

The Fox host’s op-ed comes after Baier reported this week that Fauci was alerted early on in the pandemic about the possibility that the viral outbreak was the result of a laboratory leak.

According to Baier, on Jan. 27, 2020, Fauci was told that his NIAID had been funding the Wuhan Virology Lab through EcoHealth, a U.S.-based scientific nonprofit researching novel coronaviruses.

A few days later, according to Baier, Fauci was privately told by Dr. Kristian Andersen, a well-known virologist, that he and his colleagues believed the coronavirus may have been engineered, since its “genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.” Andersen conceded at the time that the idea needed more research.

Still, the suggestion led Fauci to quickly convene a meeting with a group of virologists from around the world.

For “international harmony”

Baier reports that the notes from that meeting suggest the lab leak theory was suppressed because of concerns harbored by some, including then-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, about how the public would react to the idea that the Chinese government may have been involved in causing the pandemic.

Collins is reported to have said that “science and international harmony” could be hurt by such an allegation.

At the meeting, there were reportedly participants who argued in favor of the lab leak theory and against the idea that the virus was transmitted to humans from animals. But Fauci and others deemed the natural origin theory “more likely,” Baier reports, and instead pushed the idea that the coronavirus originated in a seafood and wild animal market in Wuhan, apparently so as not to give “fuel to the conspiracists.”

After that meeting, a group of researchers wrote a paper again pushing the natural origin theory, and Fauci and Collins themselves signed off on it, as Fox’s reporters note. What ever happened to transparency?

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