Anthony Fauci had a rather cavalier attitude towards travel and the deadly disease at the beginning of the pandemic.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director received many strong warnings about the dangers of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus in early 2020. However, he thought it was more important to focus on the common cold than doing everything he can to assist then President Donald Trump minimize the number of CCP Virus infections.
Emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show Fauci dismissed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s early assessment the pandemic could kill 500,000 Americans on Feb. 28. This was nearly 25 percent lower than the present-day 623,400 death count.
“That number seems exceptionally high,” he told ABC News at the time.
The Democrat then tried to shift media coverage away from the CCP Virus to the seasonal influenza instead, calling the flu the “real and present danger.”
These remarks were echoed in the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other news outlets despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flagging its intent to categorize the CCP Virus’s spread as a pandemic.
Fauci seemingly contradicted himself after privately telling a medical expert the same day that preliminary evidence showed the CCP Virus was significantly deadlier than first thought.
Just two weeks before President Trump declared the virus a national emergency, he continued to urge CBS not to create unnecessary panic. He asked the media outlet to not let “fear of the unknown” pandemic “distort” its editorial judgment.
About 17,000 new cases of the CCP Virus were reported in a single day across the United States, a month after Fauci initially dismissed the virus’s hazards.
The so-called infecious disease expert even ignored several warnings from fellow medical professionals who argued the CCP Virus might easily spiral out of control.
As Virus Spread, Fauci Compared COVID-19 to ‘Seasonal Flu’ https://t.co/rv8rLQKMsq— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 4, 2021
Other emails from Fauci from the spring of 2020 show he repeatedly changed his position about the pandemic. This came even though other medical professionals emailed him about the infection’s terrible impacts, from high death tolls to overcrowded hospitals around the world.
On March 2 the Democrat even advised a colleague that social distancing measures would progressively disappear without a CCP Virus vaccine.
“If we can get the R0 to less than 1, the epidemic will gradually decline and stop on its own without a vaccine,” he said according to the paper.
Realizing his many mistakes, Fauci has since became a CCP Virus alarmist. He refuses to recommend lifting government restrictions even though many cities and states have enjoyed huge declines in CCP Virus infections.
Mass immunization efforts ramped up in early 2021, causing jurisdictions like New York City to reported an R0 of less than one.