Official emails reveal that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, colluded with another senior official to defame the statement that thousands of scientists supported ending the Covid-caused quarantines last year.

In this case, Fauci teamed up with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins. The mainstream media launched an attack on the “Great Barrington Declaration” (GBD) that warned about the health dangers of public closures, according to The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 21.

“This proposal from the three fringe epidemiologists . . . seems to be getting a lot of attention—and even a co-signature from Nobel Prize winner Mike Leavitt at Stanford. There needs to be a quick and devastating published takedown of its premises,” wrote Dr. Collins, in one of several emails uncovered.

For its part, The Wall Street Journal editorial board notes that the epidemiologists were not fringe: “But in the panic over the virus, these two voices of science used their authority to stigmatize dissenters and crush debate.”

The GBD-issued by scientists Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University—called for allowing people at significantly lower risk of dying from COVID-19 and those at higher risk who wish to “resume their normal lives.”

The emails between Fauci and Collins were obtained and released in response to a request filed by the American Institute for Economic Research under the Freedom of Information Act, giving Americans the right to access federal government information.

Following Fauci’s statements, it triggered a series of mainstream media publications. The media cited Fauci as an unquestioned authority, and Fauci sourced his arguments from the same media outlets.

Likewise, Facebook censored mentions of the Great Barrington Statement in shattering collusion.

In this regard, the aforementioned editorial board stresses, “Rather than try to manipulate public opinion, the job of health officials is to offer their best scientific advice. They shouldn’t act like politicians or censors, and when they do, they squander the public’s trust.”

On the other hand, the three GBD co-author scientists met with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in April 2021 for a roundtable discussion on the virus, and YouTube removed the video of the meeting.

In Florida, DeSantis ultimately led with his arguments against widespread shutdowns, defending his policies from establishment media and political attacks.

“These interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States but abroad [too],” DeSantis said of the shutdowns, according to Breitbart.

He added, “We are going to have schools open, we are protecting every Floridian’s job in this state, we are protecting people’s small businesses.”

The effectiveness of following the GBD recommendations could be seen in the fact that Florida had only 13 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 population, the third-lowest rate among U.S. states, according to the Oct. 14 New York Times.

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