The National Institutes of Health finally admitted last week what was quite obvious: taxpayers’ money supported research on gain-of-office through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, potentially in Wuhan.
In an important letter to House Republican committee leaders, the NIH blamed EcoHealth squarely for failing to report experiments with federal funding that led to an increase in the pathogenicity (or infectivity) of a coronavirus – a direct violation of the terms of its grant. The NIH went on to state that EcoHealth would have five days to submit all unpublished data from experiments and work associated with this grant.
While the NIH’s late admission is a step forward, the letter raises more questions than it answers.
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For one, we still don’t know when the NIH first found out that EcoHealth was conducting the gain-of-function research described in the letter. The letter implies that the NIH had no knowledge of the experiences until EcoHealth submitted a grant progress report in August 2021. Yet August was two months ago.
The NIH is well aware of the public interest in this topic. If they were willing to keep this fact silent for two months – and remember, they only disclosed this revelation in response to a congressional investigation – it’s worth asking if Dr.Anthony Fauci was aware of this experience of gaining office when he testified. sworn in July that the U.S. government had never funded research into Wuhan taking office.
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It also raises the question: why weren’t Dr. Fauci and the NIH more open with this information?
Throughout the letter, the NIH makes broad and assertive statements about the origins of the pandemic, even though it openly admits to having limited information. The NIH categorically states that research published by EcoHealth and funded by NIH could not be linked to the origins of the pandemic due to genetic differences with COVID-19.
Yet EcoHealth published research is only half the story. EcoHealth, like any research organization, stores large amounts of data collected during experiments that, for one reason or another, have not been published in the literature. A viral strain does not need to be released to cause a pandemic.
Of course, the NIH knows that. This is exactly why they asked EcoHealth to hand over “all unpublished data from experiments and work carried out under this award”. Obviously, the NIH understands that this unpublished research could contain important clues. Yet rather than being honest with Congress that it needs more information to understand what happened, it presents a false veneer of confidence that there absolutely, positively does. , no link between federally funded research and the pandemic. Again: Why?
There is a third obvious question here. In berating EcoHealth for its lack of disclosure – including a progress report that was delivered more than two years late – the NIH says “further compliance efforts continue.”
I ask these questions for a simple reason. The origin of the pandemic is the most important question facing the world today.
Just think about it. The NIH determined that EcoHealth violated the terms of its contract with the federal government, only submitted the required progress report more than two years after its deadline, and the only slap on the wrist the NIH can muster is that it continues’ further compliance efforts. »Is this the standard protocol for beneficiaries? Is NIH’s oversight of its $ 42 billion budget so lax at all levels? Or does EcoHealth get special treatment? Why?
I ask these questions for a simple reason. The origin of the pandemic is the most important question facing the world today. Many of my fellow Republicans, including the House Oversight Committees, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence, conduct diligent and critical oversight for answers. Yet for some reason the federal bureaucracy seems utterly indifferent to examining the evidence that is staring it straight in the face.
The answers here are not academic. The Chinese government is frantically trying to blame the pandemic on the United States, first blaming the US military savagely before targeting more recently, without the slightest irony, Maine lobsters. Arguments that downplay China’s guilt for the virus directly and materially support the CCP’s ridiculous propaganda campaigns and allow the Party to get by without accountability.
While we don’t yet know why our government – including the Biden administration, which released a ridiculous one-page shrug of a summary after the fanfare of its review of information on the origins of COVID day – takes action that obstructs a true COVID-19 investigation, we know the cost.
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Every day that passes without a serious investigation into the pandemic is a day when the victims of COVID find themselves without justice, the Chinese Communist Party escapes responsibility and the truth remains buried.
Quite. It’s time for a real investigation – now.
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