NIH Contradicts Fauci, Admits Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab over many years
Kristina Wong and Robert Gorter, MD, PhD.
29th of October 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 20: Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, July 20, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three …J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images
Molecular biologist Richard H. Ebright on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, posted a letter from the National Institute of Health (NIH) showing that an NIH grant did fund gain-of-function research at the military Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, contrary to what Dr. Anthony Fauci had testified to the Senate.
Anthony Fauci testified to Senators at a hearing in May that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology which is a military laboratory with its main function to develop biological warfare weapons.
However, the NIH’s October 20 letter to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) showed that the NIH grant, which was awarded to EcoHealth Alliance and then sub-awarded to the Wuhan lab, funded a research project during 2018 and 2019 that tested “if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
The letter added: “In this limited experiment, laboratory mice infected with the SHC014 WIV1 bat coronavirus became sicker than those infected with the WIV1 bat coronavirus.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “gain-of-function” research is research that improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease.
Ebright tweeted that in the letter, the NIH “corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.”
NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.
NIH states that EcoHealth Alliance violated the Terms and Conditions of NIH grant AI110964.