Documents first reported by The Intercept give new details regarding just how deep Dr. Anthony Fauci’s roots with the novel coronavirus pandemic are. Some suggest the information in the documents proves Fauci lied to the public and in his testimony to the United States Senate.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
U.S. and Chinese researchers funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) created viruses in a Wuhan lab that exhibited over 10,000 times higher viral load in humanized mice than the natural virus they were based on, according to an infectious disease professor citing documents recently released by the agency.
The U.S. nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance notified the NIAID in two reports that between June 2017 and May 2018 it had created three lab-generated chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses in China that exhibited “significantly higher” viral loads, documents first reported by The Intercept show, but the agency continued to fund the project with taxpayer dollars without flagging it for review by an independent federal committee created in late 2017 to oversee gain-of-function research.
Vocal opponent of gain-of-function research, and Rutgers University professor Richard Ebright, says the data is a “bona fide bombshell” that proves the NIAID violated federal policies under Fauci’s leadership.
Ebright tweeted of that data, “The results demonstrate – unequivocally – a gain in function. Based on the results, at least three EcoHealth/WIV lab-generated chimeric viruses are reasonably anticipated – by any rational standard – to enhance transmissibility or pathogenicity in humans.”
A bona fide bombshell.
Irrefutable documentation that NIAID-OD (1) violated federal policies, (2) endangered the public, and (2) lied to the public.
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 9, 2021
In a progress report detailing its research activities between June 2017 and May 2018, EcoHealth Alliance notified the NIAID it created the three lab-generated SARS-related coronaviruses. EcoHealth Alliance even included a chart visualizing the increased viral load of their lab-created viruses.
Federal funding for gain-of-function experiments which increase transmissibility or pathogenicity of potential pandemic pathogens was temporarily suspended in 2014 “due to widespread scientific concerns it risked leaking supercharged viruses into the human population” reports the DCNF.
However, research resumed in late 2017, only for projects that went through a newly created P3CO, the Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Oversight Framework. The NIAID did not flag the EcoHealth Alliance grant for P3CO after it determined the project “did not involve the enhancement of the pathogenicity or transmissibility of the viruses studies” a NIH spokesperson previously told the DCNF.
It was during Fauci’s congressional hearing in May of this year when he said the NIH and NIAID “categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” That claim led Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice to investigate whether Fauci broke the law and lied before Congress.