Here are the five biggest revelations from Fauci’s inbox:
Early predictions, advice underscore evolving understanding of COVID-19
It’s clear through the NIAID director’s emails that his expectations, predictions and advice from early in the pandemic do not always align with current results and recommendations, signifying that even Fauci was learning as COVID-19 emerged.
Some of the emails show how Fauci’s guidance on mask wearing has evolved throughout the pandemic. It’s been previously reported that the NIAID director initially recommended against wearing masks out of concern that Americans would use up the already short supply of face coverings needed by medical professionals.
His tone changed after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance in April, recommending people wear face coverings in public and around people outside of their household, prompting Republican scrutiny.
Fauci said he wasn’t censored by the Trump administration
The nation’s top infectious diseases expert fielded several questions, including from medical professionals and a columnist, about whether he was being “muzzled” by former President Trump or his administration.
Fauci responded to both officials and strangers who sought advice
In the thousands of pages of emails, Fauci frequently answered questions from officials, colleagues and strangers who were seeking advice to stay safe in the early stages of the pandemic.
One woman wrote to him under the subject “A humble request for your wisdom” on March 4, 2020, asking if a person vaccinated against pneumonia had any protection against COVID-19.
Fauci responded an hour later, saying most pneumonias would not provide protection against COVID-19 and recommending those 65 and older get the pneumonia vaccine “regardless of the risk of coronavirus infection.”
She answered shortly after saying, “Oh my God…I honestly never expected you to reply and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so generous.”
Colleagues raised concerns about his heavy workload
Fauci was uneasy about his celebrity status