A top official at the National Institutes of Health admitted in a letter issued Wednesday that U.S. taxpayer dollars did in fact fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology on bat coronaviruses. The money was funneled through the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit U.S. group that used NIH funds to finance the Wuhan research. The NIH claimed in the letter that EcoHealth Alliance was not entirely transparent about the work that they were performing with the funds.
In a letter issued to GOP representative James Comer (KY), NIH spokesperson Lawrence A. Tabak claimed that a mere “limited experiment” was conducted to test whether or not the spike proteins produced by bats in China were capable of transmitting to humans, and that the tests were carried out on mice. The results of the experiment were that the mice infected with the modified bat virus became sicker than those with the naturally occurring virus.
This recent revelation entirely vindicates Republican senator Rand Paul who’s explosive exchanges with NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci made national headlines. The sparring took place during May and July testimonials that Fauci performed in front of Congress. Paul accused Fauci of misleading Congress by repeatedly denying that U.S. tax dollars were ever used to fund gain-of-function experiments at the Wuhan Lab.
Gain-of-function research is a technique where animal viruses are artificially engineered in the laboratory to test their transmissibility characteristics and determine how deadly they might be to humans.
Now we know that Fauci lied under oath before Congress, and the NIH completely outed his bluff.
A grant proposal filed with NIAID by EcoHealth, which was previously unpublished, got exposed by The Intercept, and reveals that $599,000 in grant money was handed to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for performing gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.
Dr. Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert and chemistry professor at Rutgers University previously rebuked Fauci’s claims that the NIH was never involved in funding gain-of-function research. He said that Fauci’s words were “demonstrably false.”
Ebright told news outlets that NIH funded work performed at the WIV is the epitome of the definition of the controversial research, and added that the lab deals in “enhanced potential pandemic pathogen[s]” which are those that come from the “enhancement of… transmissibility… of a pathogen.”
Author: Percy Greene