Dr. Anthony Fauci has been doing quite the tap-dance of late.
To review – as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he funded risky gain-of-function research at a Chinese lab aimed at making bat coronavirus transmissible to humans.
Then, when a human-infecting bat coronavirus broke out down the street from the lab he funded, Fauci performed extensive damage control over the virus’s origins – before taking a direct role in setting disastrous public policy which included economy-killing lockdowns that led to trillions in inflationary stimulus (which he now denies).
FAUCI YESTERDAY: “I didn’t recommend locking anything down.”
FAUCI IN OCTOBER 2020: “I recommended to the president that we shut the country down.” pic.twitter.com/lvw59IBndA
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 26, 2022
Now that we’re caught up – Fauci recently claims to have had an “open mind” about the possibility of a lab-leak, though he still says it’s the least likely explanation for all of the above.
“It looks very much like this was a natural occurrence, but you keep an open mind,” he told Fox News in a Friday interview.
Fauci repeated himself in an interview with The Hill on Monday.
— Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) July 26, 2022
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield is calling BS:
As the Epoch Times‘ Jack Phillips notes:
When asked about Fauci’s recent comments on Monday, Redfield told Fox News that he still suspects COVID-19 emerged “from the laboratory” and “had to be educated in the laboratory to gain the efficient human-to-human transmission capability that it has.”
“There’s very little evidence, if you really want to be critical, to support” the natural emergence theory, he said. The former Trump administration official then compared COVID-19 to prior coronaviruses such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that emerged about 10 years ago, saying that neither virus had the same transmission capacity as COVID-19.
“So it’s really exceptional that this virus is one of the most infectious viruses for man. And I still argue that’s because it was educated how to infect human tissue,” Redfield told Fox News.
The same Wuhan laboratory, he added, was the subject of a 2014 report amid claims that researchers performed research on bat-borne viruses that could impact humans.
“I’m disappointed in the [National Institutes of Health] for not leading an objective evaluation from the beginning,” Redfield told the outlet. “I think it really is antithetical to the science where they took a very strong position that people like myself who are somehow conspiratorial just because we have a different scientific hypothesis.”
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In a second bit of furious tap-dancing, Fauci completely deflected when he was asked why natural immunity from previous COVID-19 infections wasn’t recognized as a legitimate protection when he was involved in setting public policy that included lockdowns and vaccine passports.
And yet, watch how he spins it now:
“Why was mass antibody testing never part of your covid response, why was natural immunity never taken seriously?” @bungarsargon asks Dr. Anthony Fauci—watch his response below: pic.twitter.com/2KQBC6cyUb
— Rising (@HillTVLive) July 25, 2022
And what did Fauci have to say about natural immunity when Pfizer and others didn’t have an expensive vaccine with unproven long-term efficacy?
— Matthew Linder (@LinderMatthew) July 25, 2022