Fauci agreed to 'work together' with Chinese official on the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, new emails show
Dr. Anthony Fauci communicated with a Chinese official about the United States’s coronavirus response and said they’d “get through this together,” a newly released email batch shows.
“Let’s work together to get the virus out of the earth,” said George Gao, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in an email correspondence.
Gao initiated the email correspondence after a science magazine misreported him, worried a comment the outlet included may have potentially offended Fauci.
The science magazine cited Gao as saying the United States and other countries were making a “big mistake” at the time for not requiring people to wear personal, protective face masks.
“I saw the Science interview, how could I say such a word ‘big mistake’ about others? That was the journalist’s wording. Hope you understand,” Gao wrote to Fauci.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and then-spokesman of Trump’s coronavirus task force, responded: “I understand completely. No problem. We will get through this together.”
The exchange came as Trump was blaming China and its government’s attempt to cover suspected origins of the pandemic outbreak at a virology lab in Wuhan.
Gao followed up with Fauci again in April, wishing him well amid criticisms he was receiving from Trump and others, the emails show.
“I saw some news (hope it is fake) that [you] are being attacked by some people. Hope you are well under such an irrational situation,” Gao said in an email on April 8, 2020.
Fauci thanked him for the “kind note,” adding: “All is well despite some crazy people in this world.”
The 866 pages of Fauci’s released emails also include messages to and from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NFL Players Association, and filmmakers who were working on a documentary about him.
“The emails show that he was inundated with correspondence from colleagues, hospital administrators, foreign governments, and random strangers — about 1,000 messages a day, he says at one point — writing to seek his advice, solicit his help or simply offer encouragement,” the Washington Post added.
In a recent interview, Fauci confirmed the high volume of messages.
“I was getting every single kind of question, mostly people who were a little bit confused about the mixed messages that were coming out of the White House and wanted to know what’s the real scoop,” he said. “I have a reputation that I respond to people when they ask for help, even if it takes a long time. And it’s very time-consuming, but I do.”
Fauci continues to strategize President Joe Biden’s pandemic response as the White House’s chief medical adviser.