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In a letter released Wednesday, a top National Institute of Health official admitted taxpayers help fund gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses and noted that EcoHealth Alliance, which helped funnel money to the Wuhan lab “failed to report” findings “required by the terms of the grant.”
Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, who was critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gain-of-function testimony in front of the Senate back in May where Fauci claimed, during an exchange with Sen. Rand Paul that “the NIH [National Institutes of Health] has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV],” writes that Wednesday’s letter “corrects untruthful assertions” from Fauci and former NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.
Ebright tweeted Wednesday that the letter sent by Lawrence A. Tabak of the NIH to Republican Rep. James Comer shows that “untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.”
A vindicated Rand Paul wasted no time correcting the record.
“HHS Deputy admits Fauci’s NIH funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan but says it was ‘an unexpected result,'” Sen. Paul tweeted Thursday morning. “If the experiment combines unknown viruses and tests their ability to infect and damage humanized cells, of course the result is ‘unknown’ before the experiment.
“But it is not ‘unexpected’ that the virus gains in function it is simply ‘unknown.’
“So, if this type of experiment created a virus that had 50% mortality (like MERS which they have experimented with in Wuhan), that result would be ‘unknown’ before the experiment but not ‘unexpected.'”
Here’s what Fauci told Sen. Paul in May 2021:
“The NIH has not ever, and does not now fund gain-of-function in the Wuhan Institute. We have not funded gain-of-function on this…I will repeat again, the NIH and the NIAID categorically has not funded gain-of-function research.”
has 5 days to submit to NIH “unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted under this award.” Via @cathymcmorris NIH Letter https://t.co/qC2jJOBZlK
EcoHealth Alliance Year Five progress report https://t.co/Hm1DfkTHE3
NIH genetic analysis report https://t.co/PhHSo00d8H
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) October 20, 2021
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
The NIH finally admits they funded gain of function research on bat coronaviruses…Fauci lied.
Then they assert that it couldn’t have caused the pandemic because humans evolve at the same rate as viruses…
— James Todaro, MD (@JamesTodaroMD) October 21, 2021