Op-ed uncovers ‘secret’ meeting between Fauci, health experts in early 2020 on COVID origins

The public release of hundreds of pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails was quite revealing when it comes to the conflicting opinions of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief, particularly amid COVID-19.

Now, TheBlaze is reporting that Fauci played a key role in organizing a secretive meeting in the early days of the pandemic that may have been critical to establishing the official narrative on the origins of the coronavirus disease.

Caused by the virus known as SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 was long thought by experts to have developed naturally, and many were quick to dismiss theories from former President Donald Trump and others about the possibility of the disease having leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

The so-called lab leak theory was furiously suppressed for more than a year, apparently beginning right after that meeting, until only just recently, when it has finally been granted a measure of plausibility.

“I remember it very well”

It was actually a surprisingly frank op-ed from USA Today‘s Alison Young that revealed what the investigative journalist called a “secret” meeting between Fauci and other top scientists on Feb. 1, 2020, where they were said to have discussed the competing theories about the origin of the deadly virus and, apparently, plotted to squash any discussion of other possibilities.

“I remember it very well,” Fauci acknowledged in an interview with Young. “We decided on the call the situation really needed to be looked into carefully.”

Young had learned about the heretofore-unknown teleconference meeting through emails obtained by way of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that revealed discussions among participants both before and after the meeting.

Unfortunately, the details on what was discussed during one-hour conference call were blacked out and redacted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) prior to them releasing the documents.

Where’s the truth?

What is known from the messages is that one of the key participants in the Fauci-organized conference call was Kristian Andersen, an infectious disease genomics expert at Scripps Research Translational Institute in California, who just a day earlier had voiced his own concerns regarding the possibility of the viral pandemic being the result of engineering and a subsequent leak.

In a Jan. 31, 2020, email to Fauci and others, first obtained by BuzzFeed News, Andersen referenced the “unusual features” of the virus and how it “potentially” had been “engineered.” He went on to reference discussions with other experts, pointing to how “all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.” In other words, it did not appear to him that the virus had developed naturally.

Fast-forward to just three days after the conference call, and Andersen was suddenly singing an entirely different tune, even calling the lab leak theory a “conspiracy.”

Just a little more than a month later, Andersen signed onto another letter — published in March by Nature Medicine — that laid out an analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and proclaimed “clearly” that the virus “is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.” It looks like we still have a lot more digging to do before we’ll get to the truth.

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