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Sat Nov 13 02:08:48 PST 2021

Fauci Warned About Coronaviruses In 2003 – But Didn't Act On It

Few would argue the United States, or any country for that matter, was
prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, even though, starting in 2003, the
U.S. devoted $5.6 billion to fund Project Bioshield, running through
2013, and another $2.8 billion of funding through 2018. Project
Bioshield was designed to prepare the United States against a bio
attack, including provisions for the stockpiling and distribution of

Though Covid-19 was a new virus, congressional testimony from 2003
paints a concerning picture about what we knew – and when – about the
family of viruses from which it originated.

“I am particularly interested in learning how Project BioShield would
assist in addressing the current public health emergency created by
the epidemic known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS],” said
Tom Davis, chairman of the Committee on Government Reform. “More than
2,000 suspected cases of this mysterious disease have been reported in
17 nations, including the United States, with 78 fatalities. So far,
there is no effective treatment or vaccine to combat this deadly

Among those testifying to the committee in 2003 was Dr. Anthony Fauci,
then and now the director of the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases. Fauci told the committee:

SARS, standing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, has now spread
through several countries, at least 17 countries. There are over 2,200
cases, and about 80 deaths. There have now been 100 cases in the
United States in 27 states. This is a new disease. It is what we refer
to as an emerging microbe, an emerging infectious disease. The data
from the CDC and from other laboratories indicate that the corona
virus, which is an interesting group – it is a very common virus. It
is what causes about 10 to 20 percent of the common colds. There are
two groups of corona viruses. This is likely a member of a new third
group. It has not been definitively demonstrated that this is the, or
the only, cause of SARS, but the evidence is mounting every day from a
variety of approaches that we are taking.

According to testimony in 2003, Fauci confirmed SARS was an emerging
infectious disease of which data indicated it was tied to the
coronavirus, the cause of 10-20 percent of common colds.

“It has the capability of being a very severe syndrome,” Fauci
continues. “The death rate in this is 3.5 percent, which may sound
small, but when you think about the possibility of infecting hundreds
of millions of people, this can turn out to be a major public health
threat. In fact, in parts of the world it already is leading to such
draconian measures as quarantines and isolation in several countries.”

Fauci continues: “The CDC has done a magnificent job thus far,” Fauci
said in 2003, “and we know that they will continue to, in not only
identifying and tracking but essentially now moving ahead in
collaboration with the NIH and a variety of other agencies, the FDA,
in developing diagnostic therapeutics and on our way to a vaccine.”

How is it that in 2003, Fauci claimed the CDC, in collaboration with
the NIH, was doing a magnificent job and would work toward
therapeutics and an eventual vaccine – and yet this country was
basically blindsided, with few known therapeutics and no vaccine, 17
years later? The medical advice that became the norm and remains the
norm in many parts of the United States is, if you become infected
with COVID-19, stay home, and wait to see if you get sicker. Looking
back on Fauci’s words, it appears our health officials missed the mark
on a grand scale.

Even more concerning: in 2003, it was disclosed that monoclonal
antibodies have changed the way we treat everything from heart disease
to cancer – yet such treatments were not being pushed like they are

Fauci’s words throughout the 2003 hearing are troubling in light of
where we are today with COVID-19.

“So, in summary, Mr. Chairman, it is a serious threat,” Fauci said
then of SARS. “We must take it very seriously. We don’t feel there is
a need to panic at this point, but we must continue to do the very
stringent public health measures that we are approaching, as well as
the research that is going into it.”

Congressman Henry Waxman asks Fauci: “Is there a potential for
dual-use where the research of biodefense may well lead us to research
breakthroughs for other diseases?”

“I think it is not only a potential, Mr. Waxman, I think it is
inevitable that there will be an important contribution to the
research that we put into emerging and reemerging diseases to inform
us about biodefense research, and it is without a doubt that the
research that goes into biodefense will help us with naturally
occurring,” Fauci responds. “Because as a matter of fact, as we have
discussed before, as you know we feel that deliberately released
microbes is just another form of emerging and reemerging disease.
Instead of occurring naturally, it is done with malice and
deliberately, but the end result can be the same.”

While Fauci has been extremely reluctant to admit that
gain-of-function research was taking place with American tax dollars
and that China was responsible for the release of the COVID-19 virus,
his 2003 testimony makes clear that he felt deliberately released
microbes were just another form of emerging and reemerging disease.

The bottom line: the United States was not prepared for COVID-19, and
the draconian measures to handle it that have been pushed by Fauci
from March 2020 on have not resulted in declining mortality numbers –
in fact, the trend we are seeing is more deaths in the last 10 months
than in all of 2020.

As it is clear that he has known for years the serious threat the
United States and the world faced from coronaviruses, and it appears
he did very little in the last 17 years to address the very concerns
he raised about them in his testimony in 2003, Dr. Fauci should resign
– in disgrace.

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