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Everyone is talking about Dr. Fauci’s emails. Here’s what we’ve learned

Dr. Fauci received a number of emails since the pandemic began. Here’s why people are talking about them

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate hearing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 18, 2021. Fauci’s emails have been made public for the first time
Susan Walsh, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci received a slew of emails from a vast amount of different people — and now those emails have been made public for the first time.

What are the Fauci emails?

BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post both published exclusive reports on the released Fauci emails.

  • BuzzFeed’s report showed 3,200 pages of emails from Fauci’s inbox, with messages spanning from January to June 2020.
  • The Washington Post’s report included excerpts of more than 860 emails during the period of March and April 2020 — when the coronavirus pandemic began.

What did the Fauci emails say?

In large part, the emails offer a glimpse into Fauci’s schedule and the hectic nature of the country in the beginning days of the pandemic. He offers a lot of advice to people who email him, while also trying to calm major fears about the pandemic.

Here are some takeaways from the emails, according to CNN:

  • Fauci had a “polite, to-the-point demeanor.”
  • Fauci’s schedule was often “frantic.”
  • Fauci said in his emails that the opening days of the pandemic were “reminiscent of post-anthrax days” — a reference to when anthrax was sent in the mail across the country after 9/11.
  • In the early days of the pandemic, Fauci said in his emails that he was really tired and didn’t get much sleep.
  • At one point, Fauci said that a “vaccine is out of the question for at least a year or more.”

You can read more about Fauci’s emails at BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post.