Fauci Email Shows NIH Dr. Claimed DeWine Would Create Demand for Global COVID Response Corps


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over 3,200 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci emails contain at least one reference to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) doctor – Peter Kilmarx – sent an email in April 2020 stating that DeWine would be part of a group of Republican governors who would be “most interested and helpful” to “encourage implementation and create demand” for a COVID-19 Response Corps.

Images of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News via FOIA request. See more at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails

The email was sent after an Op-Ed written by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) was published on the Centers for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website.  The email reads like a tactical command to tap U.S. governors, among others, to drum up demand for a global COVID response force.

The Op-Ed is here.

In the email, DeWine is listed along with Republican governors Charlie Baker (MA) and Larry Hogan (MD); Democrats mentioned were Andrew Cuomo (NY), J.B. Pritzger (IL), Gavin Newsome (CA), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Jay Inslee (WA).

Governor DeWine’s Press Secretary Dan Tierney was contacted for comment. Specifically, he was asked:

“How did Kilmarx/NIH know in April 2020 Governor DeWine would be helpful & interested?  And helpful and interested in what?  What was Governor DeWine working with the NIH to create demand for? And what was he working with them to implement?”

Teirney’s response was “our office declines comment.”

BuzzFeed News submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for emails to and from Fauci, the White House Chief Medical Advisor, that produced over 3,200 pages of communications.

In March of 2020 Bill Gates, frequent collaborator with Fauci, tweeted “I’ve been impressed with governors around the country” and then went on to cite DeWine, Cuomo, Inslee, Newsome and Hogan.

An index grading U.S. states on COVID restrictions (using 13 metrics) ranked New York, California, Maryland and Massachusetts in the category ‘many restrictions, high COVID death rate.’

While Ohio, Illinois, Washington and Michigan were ranked ‘many restrictions, low COVID death rate,’ New Hampshire, Tennessee, Indiana, Arizona, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Missouri, North Dakota were places with ‘few restrictions, low COVID death rate.’

Regarding the correlation between restrictions and death rate, according to a peer-reviewed study by epidemiologists published in the Journal of Frontiers in Public Health, “Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate.”

“This burden was not alleviated by more stringent public decisions. Inherent factors have predetermined the Covid-19 mortality: understanding them may improve prevention strategies by increasing population resilience through better physical fitness and immunity,” the study concluded.

Michigan still has an indoor mask mandate for non-fully vaccinated until July 1, along with crowd capacity restrictions.  Ohio just dropped all COVID restrictions Wednesday. However, DeWine still urged unvaccinated Ohioans to wear masks.

The Ohio statewide mask mandate was imposed July 23 when cases were already on a downward slope – according to Ohio Department of Health records, the high point in cases occurred on November 30, 2020 when the state logged 13,468.  Ohio dropped COVID restrictions Wednesday, except those on nursing homes. This after the mandate had been in effect for 131 days with the Ohio Investigative Unit measuring mask compliance at well above 90% around the state.

Images of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News via FOIA request. See more at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails

While the mask mandate was in effect with high compliance, Ohio racked up its worst numbers in cases, hospitalizations and deaths according to the Ohio COVID dashboard.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results of their tracking project spanning March – December 2020.  The study found that case growth rates decreased in a range based on days implemented from 0.5 – 1.8 percent, while death rates showed a dip of 0.7 – 1.9 percent.  Based on the weighted least-squares regression analysis performed, the CDC stated “daily case and death growth rates before implementation of mask mandates were not statistically different from the reference period.”

The #FauciEmails also reveal that on Feb 5 he wrote “masks are really for infected people …the typical mask you buy in a drugstore is not really effective in keeping out virus.”  The day before he wrote “most transmissions occur from someone who is symptomatic.”

Images of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News via FOIA request. See more at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails

Even if lockdowns and restrictions are not easily correlated to lowering the pandemic death rate, they have been linked to our children and economy.

DeWine’s lockdown and subsequent restrictions caused a massive runup in unemployment claims in Ohio and the mismanagement of over $2.1 billion that was wrongly paid because of mistakes and fraud.

Additionally, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that school closures involving primary students aged 5-11 years resulted in a loss of an estimated 13.8 million years of life expectancy across the 24.2 million school children in that age range in the United States.

The study concluded “[f]uture decisions regarding school closures during the pandemic should consider the association between educational disruption and decreased expected lifespan and give greater weight to the potential outcomes of school closure on children’s health.”

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Jack Windsor is Statehouse Reporter at The Ohio Star. Windsor is also an independent investigative reporter. Follow Jack on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]



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9 Thoughts to “Fauci Email Shows NIH Dr. Claimed DeWine Would Create Demand for Global COVID Response Corps”

  1. Sandra castle-Taylor

    I want all of Ohio to know we have crooked people in office and let’s get them out. If you do not stand up for the people of ohio we will vote you out. WE THE PEOPLE SAY NO MORE!!!!!!! you work for us, you are in office and paid by us and we want and deserve better. MUCH BETTER!!! WE WANT ALL OF OUR FREEDOMS BACK AND DO NOT WANT CORRUTION AND EVIL IN OUR COMMUNITIES. .

  2. kit

    You know DeWine is getting a cut of the Covid money. He needs to grow a pair and be like Desantis or Abbott. He needs to protect the people and stop this federal over reach. I have e-mailed and called his office many times and will continue to do so along with all my reps at the state house and n Congress. Don’t let your complaining stop on a board or page , use your voice. make a call, send an e-mail. Convention of states needs you as well. Check out their website.

  3. Sue

    I hope they lock your sorry ass up with gates and Fauci …you simpleton!
    I emailed you in Columbus and told you about you probably using taxpayer money for all the gimmicks to fool people into take an experimental vaccine that is killing people and making pregnant women abort babies …What are you getting out of this what is your CUT?

  4. Susie Mattmann

    What is really mystifying to me is all the corruption that is being uncovered on very high SCALES and nothing is happening to these people, they are getting a free pass to do it over and over again!!!!!! It is only getting worse……..

  5. Tim

    I will always regret voting for Dewine. He’s in this whole pandemic scam up to his eyeballs.

  6. Mrs. B

    If people would read the label on the box they come in….States clearly they do not protect against viruses/bacteria. The particles are on a nano level. It is just fear factor and mind control of the population. Oh don’t forget propaganda. Even the media was held accountable at the Nuremberg trials.

  7. Mrs. B

    DeWine is corrupt and needs the boot. Would like to see his personal investments to see how much he gained through this scam. Also , why has not the actual swabs been tested to see if they are actually sterile, or are the actual delivery methos of all this.

  8. Betty Basnett Stewart

    Joe Blystone. November 8 , 2022.

  9. Marty

    I will never forgive DeWine for his mask mandate. Breathing carbon Dioxide which is plant food was killing me. He will never get my vote again.