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PROOF: COVID-19 Looks Engineered (Email to Fauci, 1/31/2020: Image & Transcript)

Posted by FactReal on March 6, 2023

ORIGIN OF COVID-19: “Looks Engineered”
January 31, 2020: Virologist informs Fauci that COVID-19 virus may have been genetically manipulated.

PROOF: Unredacted emails obtained by BuzzFeed News and The Intercept show that on January 31, 2020, virologist Dr. Kristian Andersen wrote to NIH/NIAID Anthony Fauci to inform him that “that some of the features [of coronavirus] (potentially) look engineered” and “the genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.” In other words, COVID-19 virus may have been genetically manipulated in a lab and not from natural evolution (from animal to human).

Image of Andersen’s email to Fauci (January 31, 2020)
Source: Fauci’s emails (Page 3187) (Uploaded by Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News)

Rush Transcript: [Emphasis added]

From: Kristian G. Andersen
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2020 10:32 PM
To: Fauci, Anthony (NIH/NIAID) [E]
Cc: Jeremy Farrar
Subject: Re: FW: Science: Mining coronavirus genomes for clues to the outbreak’s origins

Hi Tony,

Thanks for sharing. Yes, I saw this earlier today and both Eddie and myself are actually quoted in it. It’s a great article, but the problem is that our phylogenetic analyses aren’t able to answer whether the sequences are unusual at individual residues, except if they are completely off. On a phylogenetic tree the virus looks totally normal and the close clustering with bats suggest that bats serve as the reservoir. The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered.

We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend. I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.


Primary Source:
Fauci’s emails (Page 3187)
NOTE: Fauci’s emails (3,234 pages) were obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.
Read this batch of Fauci’s emails here: DocumentCloud | PDF | Archive

– TheIntercept.com: Report: Evolution of a Theory – Unredacted NIH Emails Show Efforts to Rule Out Lab Origin of Covid. By Jimmy Tobbias, January 19, 2023 (Archive)


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