It’s been known since last year that the National Institute of Health (NIH) was funding gain-of-function research around the world prior to the pandemic. It has also been widely reported that the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab was doing gain-of-function research on coronaviruses. Gain of function research takes viruses in the wild, makes them stronger so they can be studied. The hope is that what researchers learn from these viruses can help prevent a pandemic.
In May of 2017 an event was “co-organized by US National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the Hubei Society for Microbiology. Among those in attendance were professors Linda Saif, James LeDuc, and David Relman. Together the group had amassed 200 grants issued, 75 of them came from Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
From the National Pulse:
LeDuc, whose earliest grant can be traced to 2006, has received 32 grants from the NIAID, according to the NIH registry. He runs the Galveston National Laboratory, which was “constructed under grants awarded by the NIAID/NIH.”
Saif, who counts funding from NIAID since 1985, has received a total of 56 grants from the NIH, 43 of which came from Fauci’s NIAID.
And Relman, who’s been funded by the NIH since 1996, has received 90 grants from the NIH. He has also received the NIH’s Pioneer Award and the Transformative Research Award.
The conference shows that Fauci wasn’t honest while giving testimony to the Senate when asked if US taxpayer dollars funded gain-of-function research at the lab in Wuhan.
Fauci shot back at Senator Rand Paul during a recent hearing, “with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in that institute.”
Fauci must have “forgot” about the NIH grants records that show money sent to the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance was used for research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Senator Rand Paul has claimed that he has grant applications showing that Dr. Fauci’s organization (NIAID) has given research money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“So, Dr. Fauci came to Congress yesterday and lied. We can’t prove the virus came from the lab. I’m not saying it did. I’m saying there is very much suspicious evidence that it might have,” said Paul.