The office of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a U.S. government adviser to Covid-19, was intimidated by rumors about funding dog experiments at the end of October.
According to the official statement AmericaMost of the calls that harassed the office of Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), originated from one of the Tunisian beagles published in Science in July. Studies. The author incorrectly listed NIAID as one of the sponsors.
The American animal rights organization White Coat Waste announced that the project was funded by NIAID with a government budget of US$375,000. The rumors spread quickly on right-wing social media platforms and were further integrated into animal torture experiments, where dogs were kept in iron cages full of infected flies. Some online exchanges also link NIAID-funded animal experiments with Fauci’s conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic.
On October 26, the research team discovered the error, and the scientific journal corrected the information and confirmed that NIAID was not a sponsor.
According to disclosures by NIAID employees and US government officials, Fauci’s office has received numerous threatening calls and text messages in the past few weeks. His assistant had to stop answering calls for two weeks at the end of October.
Hostile or threatening voice messages are forwarded to Fauci’s security department. This development happened when the US government was preparing to deploy the Covid-19 vaccine for children. Fauci’s office received approximately 3,600 threatening calls within 36 hours.
The number of anonymous threat calls has soared in the past few weeks, forcing NIAID staff to spend a lot of time fighting fake news. Fauci accused the wave of cell phone terrorism as a political attack on him, threatening disease research, and showing that scientists face a dangerous environment.
“I am often harassed by stupid accusations and blatant lies. This prevents my team and I from devoting our energy to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Fauci said.
follow Washington post, Its founder and chairman is the White Coat Waste Group, a Republican strategist. Most of the board members and senior staff of this group work for organizations that support Republicans or party politicians.
Although the information about NIAID’s funding of Tunisian beagle research has been corrected, White Coat Waste refused to accept the explanation from scientific journals and continued to accuse Fauci of “killing beagles with taxpayer money.” The organization used content to attack Fauci’s exchange activities to raise funds for animal protection.
According to Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), White Coat Waste’s fake news campaign shows that the information environment during the Covid-19 pandemic is very complex. US health officials also had to deal with many conspiracy theories about masks causing disease or vaccines containing microchips to monitor people.
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