A bombshell congressional memo released on Sunday by the GOP-led Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic said Anthony Fauci “prompted the drafting of ‘Proximal Origins’ to disprove the lab leak theory.”
The memo detailed how Fauci, the former chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, worked with other scientists to orchestrate a paper that aimed to “disprove” the lab leak theory.
“On February 1, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins, and at least eleven other scientists convened a conference call to discuss COVID-19. It was on this conference call that Drs. Fauci and Collins were first warned that COVID-19 may have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China and, further, may have been intentionally genetically manipulated,” the memo reads.
Just three days later four participants in the Feb. 1 call worked together to author “The Proximal Origin of SARS-COV-2” and sent it for “editing and approval” to Fauci.
“On April 16, 2020, slightly more than two months after the original conference call, Dr. Collins emailed Dr. Fauci expressing dismay that Proximal Origin—which they saw prior to publication and were given the opportunity to edit—did not squash the lab leak hypothesis and asks if the NIH can do more to “put down” the lab leak hypothesis,” the congressional memo continued.
“The next day—after Dr. Collins explicitly asked for more public pressure—Dr. Fauci cited Proximal Origin from the White House podium when asked if COVID-19 leaked from a lab.”
Accusing Fauci of corruption, the memo added that “the evidence available to the Select Subcommittee suggests that Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘prompted’ Dr. Kristian Andersen, Professor, Scripps Research (Scripps), to write Proximal Origin and that the goal was to ‘disprove’ any lab leak theory.”
New evidence suggests Dr. Fauci prompted the drafting of “Proximal Origins” to disprove the lab leak theory, the authors of this paper skewed available evidence to achieve that goal, and Dr. Jeremy Farrar went uncredited despite significant involvement.
— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) March 5, 2023
The full memo can be read here.