Stunning emails reveal Fauci, NIH chief discussing ‘quick and devastating take down’ of anti-lockdown experts

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Shocking emails between Dr. Anthony Fauci and the outgoing head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Frances Collins, indicate that the pair conspired to discredit an alternate strategy to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic recommended by thousands of experts that did not rely on widespread, enduring lockdowns.

The emails — some of which were posted to Twitter by Phil Magness, the research faculty and interim research and education director at the American Institute for Economic Research — show that Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser and head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, colluded with his boss on a “devastating takedown” of the “Great Barrington Declaration.”

“Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health,” the declaration states. “The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

“Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed,” the declaration, which, as of this writing, has more than 890,000 signatories, continued.

The health experts who issued the declaration on Oct. 4, 2020, recommended targeted pandemic policies aimed at specifically shielding the most vulnerable members of society — the sick and infirm, the elderly, for instance — rather than officials issuing blanket lockdown orders and other restrictions that applied universally, with the ultimate goal of reaching herd immunity as a better form of protection.

On Oct. 8, however, in an email to Fauci, Collins labeled the declaration the work of “three fringe epidemiologists” that “seems to be getting a lot of attention.”

The NIH chief went on to say that “there needs to be a quick and devastating published takedown of its premises,” adding a question: “I don’t see anything like that online yet – is it underway?”

Later that day, Fauci sent Collins an op-ed from the online pub Wired that refuted the concept of herd immunity as a means of combatting the pandemic. In response, Collins sent Fauci a column published by The Nation that ripped the GBD.

A couple of days later, Collins then emailed Fauci a Washington Post story under the headline, “Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists,” in which the NIH director is quoted.

Frances, who at the time was still working under the Trump administration, wrote in an email that “my quotes are accurate but will not be appreciated in the WH [White House].” Fauci responded: “They are too busy with other things to worry about this. What you said was entirely correct.”

Later still, The Nation writer, Gregg Gonsalves, sent an email to Collins to thank him under a subject line that mentions AIDS activist Larry Kramer, saying he “would be proud.” Collins responded with a smiley face.

On the morning of the Covid task force meeting, Fauci sends Deborah Birx this email alerting her about the need to oppose the GBD at the meeting. The unredacted part suggests they are preparing to attack @ScottWAtlas, who was perceived as the task force’s champion of the GBD,” Magness noted in one of his tweets.

The GBD was written by Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, Sunetra Gupta of the University of Oxford, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University. Among others, the three recommended allowing people with a low risk of dying from the virus, as well as others who were at high risk but chose to, be permitted “to resume their normal lives.”

It came at a time when Collins, Fauci, and other federal government health officials were continuing to push for enduring lockdowns and remote education, though President Trump and some GOP governors at the time were in favor of reopening the country faster.

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