Amidst the pandemic, where the entire world is struggling to triumph over the havoc caused by the deadly coronavirus, several reports of a Chinese Virologist claiming the alleged leak of the covid-19 virus from the Wuhan laboratory have left the people and prominent leaders of the world in a state of deep shock and dilemma pertaining to the future course of actions.
According to the New York Post, Dr. Li-Meng Yan was one of the first to study the developing coronavirus and disclosed that she was driven into hiding after accusing Beijing of a cover-up. While issuing a remark over the recently disclosed emails of the top coronavirus advisor of the US - Dr. Anthony Fauci's, under the much-demanded freedom of information request, the virologist said that the content and subject of those emails prove the authenticity of her claim.
The Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, and CNN got almost 3,000 pages of Dr. Fauci's emails from January to June 2020 through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Dr. Fauci, rose to prominence in the scientific community for his work on HIV in the 1980s, when he was one of the first public health officials to raise concerns about a strange new disease found in gay men. He has been a key advisor to all the major presidents of the US since Ronald Reagan. After working to improve the way medical trials are conducted so that more individuals can access potentially life-saving treatments, he gained the appreciation of homosexual campaigners.
Proponents of the notion that the novel coronavirus sprang from a Wuhan facility on the outskirts of the city where the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in December 2019 point to an email discussion between Fauci and a virologist from the Scripps Research Institute in California.
On Saturday, February 1st, last year, at about 6.45 p.m., Dr. Anthony Fauci who was unaware about the seriousness that would follow if the subject of his exchanged mail would ever be disclosed, sent an email that has now become the largest controversy of his career as one of America's most prominent public scientists.
Kristian Andersen who currently works as an immunology professor at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, had constantly been elucidating to Anthony Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the idea that the fatal virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic had previously shown signs of being tampered with, in the Wuhan Laboratory.
In yet another mail sent to Fauci last year in April, an executive of a health charity commended him for publicly acknowledging that scientific evidence does not support the Wuhan lab-leak explanation.
Now that foreign authorities are paying attention to the virologist's Wuhan lab leak idea, the scientist told Newsmax that Fauci's emails contain "a lot of relevant information," implying that he knew more than he stated.
They verified my work from the beginning, even from last January," Yan claimed, referring to the pile of appalling records published recently. "These people knew what happened, but they preferred to hide for the Chinese Communist Party and their purposes." She insisted on Fauci's knowledge of the apparent gain-of-function work done at the now-famous Wuhan Institute of Virology in the heart of the city where the pandemic first broke out.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been supported by the White House in the wake of his recently leaked work emails that created a dispute about whether Fauci chose to remain silent despite being aware of the virus's beginning.
The emails disclosed details about the initial days of the Covid outbreak in the United States. In the early days, Dr. Fauci and his colleagues were aware of the possibility that Covid-19 had slipped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. The theory is resurfacing amid criticism of an inconclusive international investigation into the virus's origins and new allegations of Covid-related disease in the region weeks before it was officially identified.
Meanwhile, China denounced the Wuhan lab idea as a hoax on Friday.
“According to US media reports, in April 2020, Francis S Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health, wrote to a number of heads of US research institutions, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, dismissing the Wuhan lab hypothesis as a conspiracy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters. Wang stated that world specialists have expressed scientific, rational, objective, and impartial statements on the problem of virus origin tracing.
On March 23, the Wuhan Institute of Virology said it had not been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 before December 30, 2019. The email exchange has fueled suspicions that Fauci publicly dismissed the prospect of a lab leak while conversing with other scientists about the proposal's merits.
Now, the man dubbed "America's doctor" is facing calls to quit and a barrage of criticism from the right for insisting that the pandemic is more likely due to wild animals than a Chinese virus.
Through a $600,000 (€493,000) grant from the US National Institutes of Health for studies on bat coronaviruses, he is also accused of helping to fund dangerous research at the Wuhan facility. His detractors claim that his conviction that the disease's origins are more likely in wild animals stems from a desire to defend his institution rather than a reflection of the data.
However, conclusive evidence to support this version of events is yet to be discovered. For his part, Fauci has urged for a more thorough investigation of the outbreak's roots.
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