Emails offer rare glimpse into Dr. Fauci’s demeanor

Emails offer rare glimpse into Dr. Fauci's demeanor
Dr Fauci. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Dr. Anthony Fauci was a regular on American televisions as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded across the United States and millions looked to him for insight and guidance on how to defeat the disastrous virus. Now, thousands of his emails are published and those offer a rare glimpse of Fauci’s demeanor.

The leading expert was fielding dozens of questions every day off screen too, answering emails from team members, reporters, producers, former colleagues, old friends, celebrities — and sometimes strangers desperate for advice or looking to leave a note of “thanks.”

BuzzFeed News published more than 3,200 pages of emails from Dr Anthony Fauci’s inbox after obtaining correspondence spanning from January to June 2020, and The Washington Post published excerpts from more than 860 pages of emails during March and April 2020.

CNN also obtained a number of emails of Dr Fauci from February, but many were heavily redacted.

While many federal government staffers prefer the phone to email, Fauci’s mail offers a rare glimpse into his frantic schedule and polite, to-the-point demeanor during the time he emerged as a rare source of frank honesty within the former Trump administration’s coronavirus task force.

But they also reveal the weight that came with the responsibility of role.

Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wrote in a February 2 email published by BuzzFeed: “This is White House in full overdrive and I am in the middle of it. Reminiscent of post-anthrax days.”

Dr Fauci and a doctor for the National Institutes of Health for more than 50 years — Fauci had worked under six US presidents including then-President Donald Trump before he became the public face of the federal response to Covid-19.

Editor-in-chief of JAMA, Howard Bauchner, emailed Fauci on February 5 with a note at the bottom, “You surviving — worried a bit about your workload.”

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