Lecture delivered on October 9th 2021 as part of the Symposium: COVID Vaccines and Law
In early 2020, the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) made FOIA requests to NIH for documents regarding COVID-19, including two requests for emails sent by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When NIH failed to respond to those requests, ICAN brought a lawsuit against the agency on June 29, 2020.
In response to that lawsuit, NIH agreed to produce Dr. Fauci’s emails on a rolling basis. To date, ICAN has received 2,957 pages of Dr. Fauci’s sent emails, sent from early February 2020 through May 2020. There is some overlap between these emails and those recently made public by BuzzFeed.
Del Bigtree, the founder of ICAN, said, “We must hold our government health officials accountable when they make false claims. ICAN is pleased to provide the public with Fauci’s emails reflecting what he was saying privately in early 2020 regarding masks, therapeutics, vaccines, ventilators, and many other COVID-19 topics.”
Reflecting concern regarding what these emails may reveal, Twitter blocked ICAN’s account for merely stating that the Fauci emails it obtained would shortly be released to the public. Mr. Bigtree explained that “one can only assume that Twitter is concerned that Fauci’s own emails undermine the narrative it has been pushing regarding coronavirus and the coronavirus vaccine.”
A copy of Fauci’s emails obtained by ICAN can be downloaded on the ICAN website (ICanDecide.org) Highlights from these emails are outlined below and watch “The Highwire with Del Bigtree” weekly at 2 pm Eastern for additional coverage regarding these emails and other health topics.