Fauci Lied To Congress?: NIH Admits To Funding Gain-Of-Function Research At Wuhan Lab

Senator Dr. Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci went toe-to-toe on several occasions in Congressional hearings. The two discussed the issues of Covid, the nation’s mitigation procedures, and whether the National Institute of Health (NIH) knowingly used taxpayer money to fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Several times Dr. Fauci claimed that the institute did not fund the bat-coronavirus research that led to the outbreak of Covid and subsequently destroyed lives. Fauci told Senators that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

However, yesterday October 20, Fauci’s NIH sent an official letter to the House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer correcting Fauci’s “lie” that the institute didn’t fund gain-of-function research. In the letter written by  NIH Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Lawrence Tabak corrected Dr. Fauci telling Congress that, in fact, EcoHealth Alliance, using taxpayer funds, did in fact use gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.

“It is important to state at the outset that published genomic data demonstrate that the bat coronavirus studied under the NIH grant to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. and subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) are not and could not have become SARS-CoV-2. Both the progress report and the analysis attached here again confirm that conclusion, as the sequences of the viruses are genetically very distant.”

Although the viruses are genetically different, Dr. Tabak admits that Fauci did award funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to perform gain-of-function research identical to the studies that produced SARS-Co V-2, or Covid-19. Not only were they funded, but the letter states that the NIH was aware of the research before the money was awarded.

“The research plan was reviewed by NIH in advance of funding, and NIH determined that it did not fit the definition of research involving enhanced pathogens of pandemic potential (ePPP) because these bat coronaviruses had not been shown to infect humans. As such, the research was not subject to departmental review under the HHS P3CO Framework.

However, out of an abundance of caution and as an additional layer of oversight, language was included in the terms and conditions of the grant award to EcoHealth that outlined criteria for a secondary review, such as a requirement that the grantee report immediately a one log increase in growth. These measures would prompt a secondary review to determine whether the research aims should be re-evaluated or new biosafety measures should be enacted.”

The letter stated that EcoHealth Alliance “failed to report” that the gain-of-function research used with bat coronaviruses proved more contagious than previous studies. The NIH notified EcoHealth that the research facility has “five days from today to submit the NIH any and all unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted under this award.”

Although the NIH claims it had no idea of the data connecting the NIH and gain-of-function research in the Wuhan lab. Molecular biologist Richard H. Ebright claims that the “NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021.”

Dr. Ebright said, “The NIH — specifically Collins, Fauci, and Tabak — lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.”

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