The National Institutes of Health is now admitting to funding gain-of-function research on bats infected with coronaviruses at a lab in Wuhan, China despite repeated denials from Dr. Anthony Fauci that U.S. tax dollars were used on the funding.
In a letter to Rep. James Comer, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, an NIH official admits that a “limited experiment” was conducted in order to test if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
The letter states that the laboratory mice infected with the modified bat virus “became sicker” than mice that were given the unmodified bat virus.
In the letter which was released to the public on Wednesday, Lawrence A. Taba a top National Institute of Health official admitted American taxpayers helped 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.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly denied any NIH money went to such research in Wuhan, but his organization has given millions of dollars in grant money to the EcoHealth Alliance which funneled at least $600,000 to Wuhan coronavirus research.
Fauci has testified before Congress stating multiple times that NIH does not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but Paul has insisted that Fauci is lying to Congress and even requested a criminal referral from the Department of Justice.
In his questioning of Fauci at a Senate hearing this summer, Paul cited a paper on research about bat coronaviruses and said that U.S. money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to.
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci said when pressed by Paul on previous testimony from the doctor that the U.S. did not fund gain of function research in Wuhan. “You do not know what you are talking about quite frankly, and I want to say that officially.”
A new book from an investigative Australian reporter says that Fauci reportedly misled the Trump administration on gain-of-function research in China.
“Fauci’s public persona as a cautious, careful medical professional is contradicted by his central role in kickstarting exceptionally fraught gain-of-function research in the United States after the ban introduced in the Obama era, along with his role in funding coronavirus research in China in unsafe laboratories. Laboratories that intelligence agencies suspect may have sparked the pandemic,” Sharri Markson details in her new book ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’