On Wednesday, Americans who had placed their trust in the scientific guidance provided by Dr. Anthony Fauci were informed that the directive to maintain a six-foot distance as a preventive measure against the transmission of COVID-19 lacked any scientific basis.
After closed-door interviews with to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, it was revealed that “Fauci claimed that the ‘6 feet apart’ social distancing recommendation promoted by federal health officials was likely not based on any data. He characterized the development of the guidance by stating ‘it sort of just appeared.’”
GOP Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio announced that Fauci had admitted that “the policies and mandates he promoted may unfortunately increase vaccine hesitancy for years to come.”
“He testified that the lab leak hypothesis — which was often suppressed — was, in fact, not a conspiracy theory,” Wenstrup said.
The theory of a laboratory leak suggests that the coronavirus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, rather than from natural sources, contradicting Fauci’s initial assertion.
The statement highlighted that the acknowledgment occurred almost four years subsequent to instigating the dissemination of the presently notorious ‘Proximal Origin’ document, which aimed to defame and invalidate the lab leak hypothesis. Additionally, the statement mentioned that Fauci, who refuted allegations of exerting influence on the CIA regarding the lab-leak theory, hadmanipulated the interpretation of a ‘lab-leak’ through semantic arguments.
“Dr. Fauci’s transcribed interview revealed systemic failures in our public health system and shed light on serious procedural concerns with our public health authority. It is clear that dissenting opinions were often not considered or suppressed completely,” Wenstrup said.
In the summary of Fauci’s testimony on the second day, it was mentioned that he recommended colleges to implement vaccine mandates for students.
During the second day of Fauci’s testimony, it was stated in a press release that Wenstrup quoted Fauci as having approved all domestic and foreign research grants without reviewing the proposals. Fauci also admitted to being unaware if NIAID conducted oversight of the laboratories they funded. It is important to note that Fauci, who is currently retired, previously served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It is also concerning that the face of our nation’s response to the world’s worst public health crisis ‘does not recall’ key details about COVID-19 origins and pandemic-era policies,” Wenstrup said.
According to the statement, Fauci asserted on over 100 occasions that he could not recollect the details of the events he was queried about.
The release said Fauci continued to deny that the NIH funded “gain-of-function research in Wuhan,” where COVID-19 emerged, noting that Fauci “repeatedly played semantics with the definition of gain-of-function in an attempt to avoid conceding that NIH funded potentially dangerous research in China.”
Republican Rep. Michael Cloud said Fauci has an “amazing ability to either forget what happened or then to find ways to shirk any sort of responsibility for the influence that was had.”
“They wash their hands of any sort of responsibility, saying, ‘Oh, those decisions were made by school districts.’ But the school districts know, if you don’t follow the guidance that’s coming out of the federal government, you open yourselves up to lawsuits,” Cloud said.
“He says he’s still not convinced that there was learning loss — that in his view, that’s still really open for discussion. I think [if] you ask any parent, they’ll tell you it was a major hit on their child’s development,” he said.
Wenstrup said Fauci “admitted that the mandate could increase vaccine hesitancy,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“I can’t get into his mind, but I think he felt it was the right thing to do because he thought it would save lives, but he basically was saying the lesson learned [was it] didn’t get into the psyche of America,” Wenstrup said.
“We have a problem in our country, and now people don’t want to get any vaccines,” Wenstrup said. “The mRNA vaccine is different. The messaging was never really good, and I don’t think America ever felt like they were being educated. They were getting indoctrinated,” he said.