Fauci Sent Panicked Gain-of-Function E-mails to Staff in Early COVID Days

June 1, 2021

Raheem Kassam

Dr. Anthony Fauci – who has repeatedly denied being involved in any “gain-of-function” research – sent panicked e-mails to staffers at his National Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Disease (NIAID) early on during the pandemic.

E-mails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request have revealed some critical moments in the early days of the pandemic when Dr. Anthony Fauci began demanding information related to gain of function experiments from underlings.

Dated February 1st, one panicked e-mail to NIAID deputy director Hugh Auchincloss stated:


It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. I have a conference call at 7:45am with Azar. It likely will be over by 8:45am. Read this paper as well as the e-mail that I will forward you now. You have tasks today that must be done.



The academic paper attached to the e-mail is titled: A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence.

It discussed how researchers in the United States and China were manipulating viruses to understand better how they might attach themselves to humans....