Australian investigative reporter Sharri Markson published her new book What Really Happened In Wuhan on Oct. 1, which according to its Amazon page, looks "into the origins of Covid-19, the cover-ups, the conspiracies and the classified research."
"Fauci's public persona as a cautious, careful medical professional is contradicted by his central role in kickstarting exceptionally fraught gain-of-function research in the United States after the ban introduced in the Obama era, along with his role in funding coronavirus research in China in unsafe laboratories. Laboratories that intelligence agencies suspect may have sparked the pandemic," Markson announced in her book.
According to Fox News, the book explains how Fauci tried to convince then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows "to return funding to a research project in China, which was run by a U.S. nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance. The funding to EcoHealth was suddenly terminated last year after a decade of the project studying bats in China to identify coronaviruses."
"Tony, you have to take it up with the boss. Meadows is the one making this call," former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told Fauci, after the NIAID director lamented about the sudden termination of the funds, according to book excerpts obtained by Fox News.
Fauci reportedly had "no qualms" in meeting with Meadows in an effort to overturn the EcoHealth choice, "even though it was now public that this not-for-profit group had been funding the Wuhan laboratories conducting gain-of-function research on coronaviruses in the same city where the pandemic started."
"Fauci declined to comment but sources familiar with his complaint say he mounted a case based on the lack of process, rather than any personal relationship with Daszak," the book states, in reference to EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak.
According to the book, NIH director Francis Collins had formalized a collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Military Science in 2015, with the book displaying a picture of Collins with the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences President.
The book states that Collins emailed Fauci in April of 2020, saying any allegations of a laboratory leak of the virus was a conspiracy.
"The email was titled 'conspiracy gains momentum' and it included a link to on-air comments by Fox News host Bret Baier that multiple sources had told him the virus may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory before accidentally escaping. Perhaps the leadership at the NIH viewed this as innocent international collaboration," the book states.