Fauci mail on page 866 sheds light on the early days of the COVID crisis under Trump

Washington post Obtained Anthony Fauci’s 866-page email in March and April 2020 via the Information Disclosure Act shows the early weeks of the chaotic pandemic under the Trump administration by the government’s top infectious disease experts. It reveals what it was like to navigate.

Important reason: Fauci was one of the most prominent public faces of the US government’s response to the coronavirus, opening him up to both widespread praise and criticism. US authorities were eventually forced to assign Fauci full-time security details.

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Big picture: Fauci told the post that he would receive about 1,000 emails a day from colleagues, politicians, health workers, foreign governments and strangers.

  • “I was asked all sorts of questions. Most people were a little confused about the mixed message coming out of the White House and wanted to know what the real scoop was,” Forch said. It was.


George Gao, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention On March 28, shortly after Science magazine quoted Gao, he sent an email to Fauci saying that the United States was making a “big mistake” by not encouraging people to wear masks.

  • “I saw a science interview. How can I say the word” big mistake “about others? That was the word of a journalist. Understand … Let’s work together to get rid of the virus from the planet, “Gao said.

  • “Thanks for the note, I fully understand. No problem. We will overcome this together,” Fauci replied.

In another email on April 8, Gao expressed concern about Fauci’s well-being. [you] It is being attacked by some people.Hope you are under such [an] Unreasonable situation. “

Congressman Fred Upton (Republican) Some Republican colleagues sent Fauci an email explaining why they tried to block money in response to a US pandemic. Later, when Republicans and former President Trump were skeptical of the threat of the coronavirus, he told Fauci to “keep telling the truth of science.”

Army Surgeon General Bureau Anti-Terrorism and Internal Threat Officer, The name was edited and asked Fauci a series of clear questions about the virus on April 14, calling the infectious disease expert “the voice of the reasons for millions of people involved.”

  • The policeman also asked Fauci a personal question.[W]For COVID-19, does the hat keep you up late? “

  • “I said in the past that keeping me at night could be a pandemic respiratory infection. We are in it now, and keeping me at night is a reaction, Most of them are effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. “

When he was informed of the White House press conference Fauci, who was canceled on April 21, replied, “Yeah ……… 4 days in a row without a press conference,” and then added a smiling emoji.

  • Fauci frequently clashed with former President Trump, forcing the false information to be publicly inconsistent. Fauci was eventually on the sidelines and rarely talked to Trump towards the end of his administration.

Fauci was amazed at the public appeal to his persona. He received a Google News alert in his name and had an article titled “‘Quomo Crash’ and’Forch Fever’—The Sexualization of These Men Is Real on the Internet.” Then he forwarded the email to someone and told them to click on the article: “It will blow your mind. Our society is completely nuts.”

  • A colleague emailed him an article entitled “Fauci’s Socks, Fauci’s Donuts, Fauci’s Fan Art: Coronavirus Experts Attract Cult Supporters.”

  • Fauci replied to the email: “It’s really surreal. Hopefully this will all stop right away.”

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