An infectious disease expert emailed Dr. Anthony Fauci in late January 2020 informing him that a small portion of the COVID-19 “could” look engineered.
“Unusual parts of the virus are a small part of the genome (<0.1%) so it is necessary to look closely at all sequences to see that certain features are (possibly) visible. created, "the expert, Kristian Andersen, wrote Fauci on January 31, 2020, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed news as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
“We have a good team lined up to look at this critical, so there should be a lot more to know by the end of the weekend,” Andersen added. “I have to mention that after the talks earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself have found the genome to be inconsistent with expectations from the theory of evolution. But we have to look at it that way closer and there is still more analysis to be done, so that those opinions can still change. “
Fauci thanked Andersen for his message in an email response the next day, and said to “talk soon.”
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Andersen’s opinion on the possibility that the COVID-19 could show signs of engineering changed within a week of sending his email to Fauci.
On a Feb. 4, 2020, the email referring to a draft letter to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Anderson mocked the “crackpot theories” that COVID-19 “was in any way designed with purpose. and that doesn’t matter at all. “
“If one of the main purposes of this document is to contradict plant theories, I think it’s very important that we make it strong and in simple language,” Anderson wrote in email, obtained by the watchdog group U.S. Right to Know. “‘Consistent with’ is my favorite when talking to scientists, but not when talking to the public – especially conspiracy theorists).”
Andersen’s email on Feb. 4 was addressed to EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak, who worked closely at the Wuhan Institute of Virology before the pandemic.
Daszak’s group released $ 600,000 in taxpayer funding to the Wuhan lab between 2014 and 2019 as part of a project to study pan-bat-based coronaviruses and he played a key role in initiating pandemic prevention. in the debate about the possibility that WIV could be connected. in the COVID-19 outbreak.
Andersen published a paper in the science journal NATURE in March 2020 reporting that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, did not show patterns focused on lab manipulation.
“We don’t believe any kind of laboratory -based scenario is credible,” Anderson said. ROLE expressed.
Fauci referred to Andersen’s role during the April 18, 2020, White House press teaching as evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has intrinsic forms that are “perfectly compatible” with an animal of human origin and are not aimed at lab manipulation.
Fauci’s comments at the press briefing were known during media outlets such as Business Insider as a rejection of the lab leak “conspiracy theory.”
Andersen said Tuesday that his email to Fauci was a “clear example of the scientific process.”
“As I’ve said many times, we take a lab leak possibility seriously,” he said. Twitter. “However, significant new data, a lot of analysis, and a lot of discussions led to the conclusions of our paper.”
Daszak praised Andersen’s description in his email to Fauci.
“It’s called science, people,” Daszak tweet. “You look at the evidence, make assumptions, talk to others, dig in, dismiss some assumptions, find evidence to support others, then you come to a conclusion and make that public.”
Andersen did not return a request for comment.