Dr Anthony Fauci was again accused by Senator Rand Paul
Dr Anthony Fauci was again accused by Senator Rand Paul of lying under oath while testifying before the Senate in July when he claimed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did not fund controversial gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China. – Sky News Australia
“Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again,” Senator Rand Paul tweeted.
“And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.”
It comes after newly released documents obtained by The Intercept show the NIH directed a grant of $3.1 million USD to the US health organization Eco Health Alliance.
Nearly $600,000 of the fund went straight to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study bat coronaviruses.
The head of NIAID, Dr. Anthony Fauci, had previously denied his agency-provided funding for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. But Professor Richard H. Ebright of Rutgers University and others argue that these proposals constitute gain-of-function research, an ambiguous term that has divided scientists.
Dr. Ali Khan, a retired assistant surgeon general, and epidemiologist, tweeted, “Hyped news of new docs on US-funded research at Wuhan lab. Simple [sic] obtaining field viral isolates & testing for pathogenicity in special mice. Am I missing the part of altering the viruses for gain of function? How altered?” in a dissenting response linking to The Intercept story.
Dr.Anthony Fauci told the Senate the NIH did send funds to study bat coronaviruses
In July Dr.Anthony Fauci told the Senate the NIH did send funds to study bat coronaviruses, however, the money did not fund dangerous gain-of-function research. Gain-of-function is the medical research that “alters an organism or disease in a way that increases pathogenesis, transmissibility or host range.”
However after the 900 pages of documents were released – a molecular biologist at Rutgers University says the claims the research wasn’t defined as gain-of-function is “untruthful”. “The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Dr Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful,” Richard Ebright tweeted.
The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth
“The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in federal policies in effect in 2014-2017 and potential pandemic pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in 2017-present.
“The materials confirm the grants supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells.”
Covid-19 was engineered and subsequently leaked out of the Wuhan lab
The phrase gain of function has become a rallying cry among pandemic skeptics who claim that Covid-19 was engineered and subsequently leaked out of the Wuhan lab. For example, Mike Cernovich, known for his role in promoting “Pizzagate” and other conspiracy theories, tweeted that “Dr Anthony Fauci funded the creation of coronavirus and lied about it under oath.” His tweet has been shared at least 4,000 times. Other right-wing influencers, including Benny Johnson and Buzz Patterson, also took The Intercept story as concrete proof that Covid-19 was created in Wuhan.
The documents also show that a separate study on genetically engineered mice with human cell receptors was conducted at the Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment.
Alina Chan – also a molecular biologist – assessed the documents and the seriousness of studying bat coronaviruses.
“In this proposal, they actually point out that they know how risky this work is,” she said.
“They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten – and they kept records of everyone who got bitten.
“Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?”
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