(LibertySociety.com) – There has been a lot of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. Two explanations stick out among the rest: Either someone created the virus in a lab, or it formed in nature. In July, Congress questioned National Institute of Health Director and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci about NIH funding for gain-of-function research experiments conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Since his testimony, where he denied any such funding, a letter from a top colleague of Fauci’s brings new information to light that seemingly disputes his testimony.
The New NIH Report
Although the doctor admitted during questioning that the NIH had funded research in the Wuhan lab, he insisted the testing did not meet the definition for gain-of-function (GOF). Those experiments take animal viruses that won’t transmit to humans and alter them to increase transmissibility. In this instance, the company that received the grant to conduct coronavirus research, EcoHealth Alliance, tested whether a naturally-occurring bat coronavirus could infect humans.
However, when the US-based research company that studies viruses received the grant, it was only supposed to look at the “genome sequences already existing in nature.”
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
Yet, when they discovered through experimentation the coronavirus they were studying could infect people, they didn’t report the finding to the NIH right away.
The letter stated the bat coronavirus in question, although similar, does not match the genome of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). So, the experiments that seem to skirt the line of the GOF definition are not the source of the pandemic.
Although EcoHealth was lax in reporting these critical discoveries and what they could mean to the global population, the NIH must know exactly where they invest their funding. In this case, it appears US taxpayers ended up unintentionally paying for experiments that arguably match the definition of gain of function.
Dr. Fauci’s Testimony
In July, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) accused Fauci of lying to Congress in May about the NIH funding and its purpose at the laboratory in China. But the doctor strenuously denied any such lies and went on to say that a Wuhan virology paper regarding the experiments in question did not meet the definition of GOF. In retrospect, it appears the lab may have gone on their own volition to do just that using NIH grants.
Although this seems to vindicate Paul’s position on the matter, the letter doesn’t say exactly what Fauci knew about the extent of EcoHealth’s activities. But if the doctor was truthful, that only highlights the need for more oversight on where American dollars go and what actions they support.
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