Fauci Stands by Gain-of-Function Research Denial

Dr. Anthony Fauci is in the news again, and as expected, it isn’t for something good. Fauci claimed multiple times the National Institutes of Health (NIH) didn’t fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China. However, a letter from the NIH shows otherwise.

The National Institutes of Health revealed EcoHealth Alliance broke the reporting rules, which were part of a funding agreement when researching bat coronaviruses. With the revelation, critics quickly concluded the Wuhan Lab collaborator has been conducting gain-of-function research, and the NIH chose to lie about it.

Last week, the principal deputy director at NIH, Lawrence Tabak, released a letter, showing NIH indeed funded the research. Yet, Dr. Fauci has chosen to lie again about this.

Details of the Letter

Lawrence Tabak said, in his letter, EcoHealth made available the progress report showing research for bat coronaviruses conducted under National Institutes of Health funding.

The experiment was to determine if spike proteins (from naturally happening bat coronaviruses in circulation in China) were capable of merging with the human ACE2 receptor in a lab mouse model.

According to NIH, the lab mice infected with the SHC014 WIV1 bat coronavirus were sicker than those with WIV1 bat coronavirus. Upon completing the research, NIH claimed the result was unexpected, as the researchers didn’t intend it.

NIH also added EcoHealth did not report the findings immediately, as it was obliged to do so under the terms of the grant. In light of this, it is evident NIH has been funding gain-of-function research knowingly or unknowingly.

Dr. Fauci Continues to Deny

Earlier in May, Fauci told the Senate he did not have any knowledge of what the Chinese might have done. He noted he is in support of any other investigation to know what happened in China.

Fauci also remarked the NIH and NIAID did not fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In the wake of new information that NIH funded gain-of-function research, Dr. Fauci was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC. The host played a short clip where Senator Rand Paul said Biden should fire Fauci just because he lacks judgment.

The senator further added Fauci might never admit he lied over the funding. He said Fauci would continue working around the truth.

Fauci replied he disagreed with the senator vehemently. Fauci said neither he, nor the director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, lied about their activities. Fauci claimed none of them misled Congress.

Fauci also defended EcoHealth’s collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He said funding at the Wuhan lab was to determine what is in bat viruses in China. Furthermore, Fauci noted the research was strictly under a framework of oversight of the type of research. He also added the conditions of the study do not add to gain-of-function research.

George Stephanopoulos, the show host, asked Fauci if the letter from the NIH shows the United States was funding coronavirus research that was riskier than expected. Fauci replied it wasn’t true. He said they knew the risk involved, but EcoHealth should have included the results in their progress report.