Fauci has faced mounting criticism from Republicans
Kristian Andersen, a virologist at the Scripps Research Institute in California, who in January 2020 called Dr. Anthony Fauci, has deactivated his Twitter account to raise the possibility that the coronavirus may have been engineered.
Anderson’s email to Fauci was among a bunch of documents obtained last week buzzfeed Under the Freedom of Information Act. His email was sent on January 31, 2020 and pointed to a report science magazine About the global race to share the “complete sequence of viruses from patients” to understand the origins of the virus and learn how it “fits into the family tree of related viruses found in bats and other species” .
Anderson was quoted in the article where he spoke about the difficulties scientists face in trying to determine natural hosts.
Anderson wrote to Fauci about the new virus.
“The unusual features of viruses make up a very small portion of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all sequences to see that some features (potentially) look engineered," they wrote.
He wrote that his team was in the early stages of looking critically at the data, but found that “the genome is inconsistent with what is expected from evolutionary theory. So those options may still change.”
Anderson did not respond to emails from Granthshala News about his email to Fauci or about his Twitter account. A Twitter spokeswoman said: “The account was deactivated by the user. No action was taken by Twitter.”
In May, Anderson was mentioned in the New York Times. Article About a group of scientists who are seeking more information about the origin of the virus. The newspaper reported that Anderson has been a “strong supporter of the extreme possibility of a natural origin”.
Shortly after the email to Fauci, Anderson joined a group of scientists who wrote, “We do not believe any kind of laboratory-based scenario is plausible,” the Times reported.
Anderson, after the email was made public last week, retweeted a post that said he told Fauci that the team “plans to analyze the coronavirus genome to see if SARS-CoV-2 was naturally developed or engineered.”
“He probably thought of the latter,” tweeted Dr. Amy Maxman, a reporter for Nature. “But after looking at the evidence, he changed his mind.”
Maxman explained in a later tweet that “science is a process” and warned against taking these emails out of context. She wrote that people “who deliberately ignore in this novel that the pandemic has an ulterior motive.”
Thousands of pages of Fauci’s emails were released last week as much of the world draws a renewed focus on the origins of the virus. President Biden ordered US intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the pandemic, with any possibility that a Chinese laboratory could be involved.
Fauci is under increasing pressure from Republicans over funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Fauci and the National Institutes of Health needed to “come clean” amid allegations that US taxpayer dollars funded the “benefit of work” research in the lab. Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the money was not for function research, but for studying bats.
Fauci gave an extensive interview that was published last week that focused on the origins of the coronavirus, and was asked whether he believed his own NIAID could have any responsibility for the global pandemic.
“Are you really saying we’ve been implicated because we gave $120,000 a year to a multi-billion dollar institution to monitor bats?” he asked, according to financial Times.