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People were “thinking out loud” and ended up thinking “it’s a natural occurrence”


During Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci sent an email in which he called the lab leak theory a ‘shiny object’ saying you can’t ‘take a bunch of the emails when people are thinking and thinking out loud and you stop there and don’t watch the weeks of scrutiny by those same people who wrote e-mails” who ended up believing that “it is a natural phenomenon”.

Host Bret Baier asked, [relevant exchange begins around 9:45] “You said you didn’t believe it was from a lab leak in Wuhan. Do you refute the accuracy of any of those emails from the oversight board showing top virologists warning you that the virus indicated research function gain and lab leak?”

Fauci replied: “Yes – but no, actually, but what we did, we called in a group of highly qualified and competent virologists to really examine this feasibility. They looked at the virus and they said, you know, we really need to take a closer look at this and I invite you to look and ask one of these virologists who were there and when they finally looked at it carefully, they said, you know, carefully re-examining this now, we think it’s more likely to be a natural evolution.

Later, after Fauci said to keep an open mind, Baier said, “When you read those emails, you don’t seem to have an open mind, when you read the email from Kristian Andersen who says: “The unusual characteristics of the virus constitute a real[ly] small part of the genome” and “you have to look very closely [all] sequences to see that some of the features [(potentially)] looks like engineering. And you say it’s a ‘shiny object’ and it’s ‘going to disappear’, it doesn’t sound like you’re open-minded.”

Fauci replied, “Bret, I know you are a good person. I have known you for a long time. If you take a bunch of emails while people are thinking and thinking out loud and you stop there and don’t watch the weeks of scrutiny by those same people who wrote the emails and what you say next, you know, now that we’ve looked at it, in the published, peer-reviewed literature, they’re very clear about why they think it’s a natural occurrence.

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