As international leaders finally focus on her Wuhan lab-leak theory, Yan told Newsmax on Wednesday, June 2, that Fauci's emails contained "a lot of useful information" suggesting he always knew more than he revealed.
Thousands of Fauci's emails were recently released to the public via Freedom of Information Act requests. Some of the emails hinted that he knew about the Chinese gain-of-function research before the pandemic started. They also showed leading virus experts warning Fauci that COVID-19 may have been created in a lab while he publicly played down such claims.
"They verify my work from the very beginning," said Yan. "These people know what happened, but they choose to hide for China and for their own benefits."
In a Jan. 1, 2020 email, Dr. Kristian Anderson, an immunologist at the Scripps Research Institute, told Fauci that some features of the virus could potentially be man-made.
Shortly after, Fauci sent an urgent email to his deputy, Hugh Auchincloss, asking him to review a document he was attaching, which was titled "baric, shi et al nature medicine SARS gain of function."
Although the contents of the attachment are unknown, the title is likely a reference to U.S.-based virologist Dr. Ralph Baric and Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientist Dr. Shi Zhengli, who specializes in coronavirus transmissions in bats.
On April 17, 2020, Fauci announced that it was believed the virus had emerged from bats in China.
In an email sent two days after the announcement, EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak thanked Fauci for "publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover." (Related: Email: Researcher who funded Wuhan lab admitted to manipulating coronaviruses, thanked Fauci for dismissing lab leak theory.)
Daszak then persuaded 26 other scientists to sign off on a letter he had written to the Lancet, claiming the virus could only have been natural in origin and to suggest otherwise creates "fear, rumors and prejudice."
The letter flatly denied the virus could have originated in a lab in Wuhan and dismissed it as a "conspiracy theory."
It was later found that a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to EcoHealth Alliance was channeled to the WIV to study bat coronaviruses – and apparently conduct gain-of-function research.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is headed by Fauci and a sub-agency under the NIH, awarded the grant to Daszak's nonprofit group.
During interviews with CNN and MSNBC on Thursday, June 3, Fauci said that an email he received from the EcoHealth Alliance executive has been misconstrued.
"That's nonsense. I don't even see how they get that from that email," said Fauci. "I have always said, and will say today to you … that I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human, but I keep an absolutely open mind that if there may be other origins of that, there may be another reason, it could have been a lab leak."
A growing number of experts believe that China was conducting gain-of-function research on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and an accident resulted in its release into the world.
In gain-of-function research, viruses are genetically enhanced so that scientists can develop vaccines to fight against them and potentially prevent a pandemic. But this dangerous study can also create bioweapons.
Documents obtained by the Department of State revealed that Chinese scientists have been preparing for a third world war fought with biological and genetic weapons, including coronaviruses, since 2015. According to the document, they will be "the core weapon for victory" in a conflict of that magnitude.
The documents outlined the perfect conditions to release a bioweapon and documented the impact it would have on the enemy's medical system. Analysts determined that the set of documents has 18 authors working at "high-risk" labs. (Related: More signs point to coronavirus being engineered in Wuhan lab.)
Attacks using bioweapons should not be carried out in the middle of a clear day as intense sunlight can damage the pathogens while rain or snow can affect the aerosol particles, according to the authors. Instead, they should be released at night, dusk, dawn or under cloudy weather with "a stable wind direction so that the aerosol can float into the target area."
The authors also noted that such an attack would result in a surge of patients requiring hospital treatment, which "could cause the enemy's medical system to collapse."
According to the authors, the next world war will be biological – unlike the first two wars which they described as chemical and nuclear, respectively.
"Following developments in other scientific fields, there have been major advances in the delivery of biological agents," the authors wrote. "For example, the new-found ability to freeze-dry microorganisms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolize them during attacks."
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