New emails show that Dr. Anthony Fauci and the head of the National Institute of Health and Francis Collins colluded on ways to crush an alternative plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic from another group of experts.
The emails, which were shared in tweets, showed Fauci and Collins formulating a plan of coordination to create a “devastating takedown” of the Great Barrington Declaration, The Daily Mail reported.
AIER, a libertarian think tank, sponsored the declaration, which largely abandons lockdowns in favor of a herd immunity strategy that allows life to return to normal.
In an October 8 email from Collins to Fauci, the head of the NIH calls the GBD the work of ‘three fringe epidemiologists’ that ‘seems to be getting a lot of attention.’
Collins adds that ‘there needs to be a quick and devastating published takedown of its premises. I don’t see anything like that online yet – is it underway?’
Later in the day, Fauci sends Collins a Wired op-ed that refutes the notion of herd immunity stopping the pandemic.
Collins then sends Fauci an op-ed in The Nation also trashing the GBD.
Days after that Collins sent Fauci an op-ed that he was quoted in for The Washington Post titled “Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists”
“We’re not endorsing a plan. The plan is endorsing what the president’s policy has been for months. The president’s policy — protect the vulnerable, prevent hospital overcrowding, and open schools and businesses — and he’s been very clear on that,” Colins said in the op-ed, when Donald Trump was still president.
“Everybody knows that 200,000 people died. That’s extremely serious and tragic. But on the other hand, I don’t think society has to be paralyzed, and we know the harms of confining people to their homes,” he said in the October 14, 2020 piece.
As of this writing, there have been over 800,000 deaths in the United States attributed to COVID-19.
The Great Barrington Declaration argued that “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”
When Collins emailed Fauci the op-ed he said “my quotes are accurate but will not be appreciated in the [White House],” referring to Trump.
“They are too busy with other things to worry about this. What you said was entirely correct,” Fauci responded.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto spoke to Collins on Friday and asked him specifically about the “takedown” quote.
“Well, OK, if it’s that specific. There were people [like] Scott Atlas that said don’t worry about this business of putting on masks or asking people to isolate themselves or stay distanced. Let it rip. Let this virus run through the country until everybody has had it, and we’ll have herd immunity,” the retiring NIH director said.
“The consequence of that would have been hundreds of thousands of additional deaths,” he said. “That didn’t make sense to me.”
Collins argued that COVID’s “capab[ility] to shape-shift, it gets in the way of herd immunity.”
“We might have herd immunity to the original Wuhan virus but not to omicron,” he said. “It’s like we have a new character here, a screwed-up sibling of what we started with, and our immune system has potential to fight it off, but it’s challenging. So the herd immunity concept assumes that you deal with the same virus all the way along. This has not turned out to behave that way.”