A top official at the National Institutes of Health admitted to the House of Representatives that, despite what Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly claimed, they funded highly dangerous gain-of-function research on bat-borne coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
A letter sent from NIH to Kentucky Republican James Comer, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, by Lawrence A. Tabak, who is the principal deputy director of the NIH, admitted that “out of an abundance of caution” the nation’s top medical research agency conducted an additional review of how the funds authorized by Fauci and his colleagues were used by EcoHealth Alliance, the New York City-based nonprofit organization headed by Peter Daszak, who allegedly worked to silence scientists who were debating whether the virus originated in a lab.
On Thursday, the National Institutes of Health doubled down and said that it did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan, despite having released the documents suggesting otherwise just one day earlier. An NIH spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the research by EcoHealth didn’t actually meet the definition of gain of function research.
During a congressional hearing on May 11th, 2021, Fauci repeatedly asserted to Senator Rand Paul that neither NIH nor NIAID funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Fauci has not veered from that claim despite more and more evidence surfacing that indicates he was not telling the truth.
Former NIH Director Francis Collins was also contradicted in the letter over claims of funding gain-of-function research. Collins has since announced he will step down from his position at the organization by the end of the year.
NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
NIH states that EcoHealth Alliance violated Terms and Conditions of NIH grant AI110964. pic.twitter.com/cFOtJlRoWl
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) October 20, 2021
The NIH letter covers genomic studies of bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“It is important to state at the onset that the published genomic data demonstrate that the bat coronaviruses studied under the NIH grant to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. and subward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology are not and could not have become SARS-CoV-2. Both the progress report and the analysis attached here again confirms that conclusion, as the sequences of the viruses are genetically very distant,” the letter states.
The letter later reveals that the progress report encompassing that data was not submitted by EcoHealth Alliance until August 2021. The letter also confirmed that EcoHealth Alliance was in violation of the terms of their grant.
The research plan was reviewed by the NIH in advance of funding, and determined that it did not fit the definition of research involving enhanced pathogens of pandemic potential (ePPP) because these bat coronaviruses had not been shown to infect humans. As such, the research was not subject to departmental review under the HHS P3CO Framework. However, out of an abundance of caution and as an additional layer of oversight, language was included in the terms and conditions of the grant award to EcoHealth that outlined criteria for a secondary review, such as a requirement that the grantee report immediately a one log increase in growth. These measures would prompt a secondary review to determine whether the research aims should be reevaluated or new biosafety measures should be enacted.
EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant. EcoHealth is being notified that they have five days from today to submit to NIH any and all unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted under this award. Additional compliance efforts continue.
The letter goes on to conclude that “bat coronaviruses studied under the EcoHealth Alliance grant could not have been the source of SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021.
The NIH–specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak–lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) October 20, 2021
There is still insufficient evidence that that is the case and there are many more questions that need to be answered by Fauci concerning the funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.
Many want Fauci held accountable for his role in the pandemic:
may everyone be arrested
— Iara Souza (@lalasouza_lala) October 21, 2021
Fauci should get the Bond role in the next 007. After all according to some outlets he’s the sexiest man alive. And we know he can act.
— Ed Givelberg (@EdGivelberg) October 20, 2021
amazing. Let us ask some recent political people what happens when you lie to Congress.
— PLQB (@PLQB3) October 21, 2021
Crimes against humanity? Yep
— Jim Hauter (@JimHauter) October 21, 2021
Yet they remain employed and are treated as media darlings. It’s sickening. https://t.co/JpoOxCiMcR
— Alex (@Alex49664103) October 20, 2021
KNOWINGLY WILLFULLY AND YES BRAZENLY.
— Celeste Isabel (@Celesteverdade) October 20, 2021
The results of their handiwork have been devastating worldwide. The lying Congress needs to just be one small part of the Justice Department actions against them. The International Criminal Court needs to take this up.
— Glen J (@one4tech) October 21, 2021
It’s continue to amaze me the ramifications not just of the more recent lies but of sitting on their hands when all this started. Unconscionable.
— Honest Abe (@LincolnAbe1865) October 21, 2021
In a sane world, they would all go on trial and charges would be appropriate. Yet here we are
— Ryan the rebel millennial (@patriotic_giant) October 21, 2021
Also, after Trump halted funding from NIH to Wuhan in 2020. Later that year Fauci and NIH backdoored funding to Wuhan again sometime in August 2020.
These people are criminals.
— Fiery But Mostly Peaceful (@Politigolf1) October 20, 2021
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