In yet another blow to his rapidly unraveling “we did not fund gain-of-function research” narrative, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID, a branch of the National Institutes of Health or NIH) chieftain Dr. Anthony Fauci is, again, being pressed for answers about how U.S. tax cash appears to have funded just that kind of dangerous research – more than once.
He’s also being pressed as to why he should not be charged with a felony for seemingly lying to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – more than once.
The new revelations add to previous revelations that I and others have offered over the past year, and they come via the release of 900 pages of NIH documents obtained by The Intercept via ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.
HOWEVER… Before we get into the information, it’s worth studying the chameleonic way the editors at The Intercept have changed colors on this issue, and for that, we can turn to journalist Glenn Greenwald, who left the publication last year due to his growing frustration with the way it handled certain important stories.
As Greenwald noted September 7 on Twitter:
1/ This is amazing. In July, @TheIntercept had one of its most dishonest partisan hacks, @RobertMackey, basically call @RandPaul a liar and deranged conspiracy theorist over and over for suggesting Fauci funded research that could've caused the pandemic:https://t.co/sfB0Fxm3IZ— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2021
2/ But yesterday, the very same @theintercept admits it sought documents about Fauci-funded research by EcoHealth (Peter Daszak's group) that "raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident."https://t.co/R4UbfZSCWa— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2021
And he added:
3/ Specifically, the documents the Intercept sought -- which I'll bet any amount of money they thought would debunk Paul & vindicate Fauci -- instead did the opposite (oops). The docs more than ever link Daszak's research to possible COVID origins. pic.twitter.com/H8JMBUIRNb— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2021
Indeed, they do, and Greenwald concluded:
4/ Even when they accidentally do reporting that undermines liberal political causes, Intercept editors have to make sure they stay loyal. The admit that Daszak's highly risking research was funded by NIAID, but never once mention the name "Fauci," the Director of that agency: pic.twitter.com/xRXKT6qyMO— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2021
Indeed, the Intercept finally has come ‘round to the smelling salts many of us – especially Greenwald, Paul, RedState, and the team at The Highwire – have been putting in front of their noses since last year.
Related: Fauci: It Would’ve Been 'Almost A Dereliction Of Duty' To Not Fund Wuhan Lab Experiments
The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.
That the “federal money” in question came to Peter Dazsak’s EcoHealth Alliance, from the National Institutes of Health via Fauci’s NIAID, and then to the Wuhan Center for Animal Experiment and (and “Bat Lady, Dr. Shi Zhengli) is not a matter of dispute.
Offers The Intercept:
One of the grants, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.
Again, as Greenwald, I, and others have noted, Daszak happens to be the guy that the incredibly untrustworthy World Health Organization (WHO) tapped to LEAD their “investigation” into the possible lab-connected origins of COVID-19.
No conflict of interest, there, at all (wink, wink)…
And on page fourteen, this particular grant from EcoHealth offers an additional piece of information for those who are interested in the corruption of science through the use of aborted humans:
Predictive models of host range (i.e. emergence potential) will be tested experimentally using reverse genetics, pseudovirus and receptor binding assays, and virus infection experiments across a range of cell cultures from different species and humanized mice.
As Terrance P. Jeffrey has reported for CNS News, Scientists “humanize mice” through the use of human cells acquired from aborted babies.
After all, why bother stopping the immorality train when one already has taken other people’s money to fund deadly viral research contrary to the US Constitution?
Related: FOIA-Obtained Fauci Emails Reveal His Shocking Hypocrisy Behind Closed Doors
RedState has had a great deal to say about this, as part of its ongoing efforts to break through the pop media bias that has worked to hide the truth about the NIH, Fauci, Ecohealth Alliance, and gain-of-function for a long time.
And they recently included an excellent summary of the latest revelations, including the pointed, pertinent September 6 Tweets of Rutgers’ Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Richard H. Ebright, the third of which notes:
"NEWLY RELEASED documents provide details of US-funded research on..coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology..The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing..work of..EcoHealth Alliance..at the Chinese lab.."https://t.co/n3OkFAq3kM— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
The next Tweet observes:
(This had been evident previously from published research papers that credited the 2014 grant and from the publicly available summary of the 2019 grant. But this now can be stated definitively from progress reports of the 2014 grant and the full proposal of the 2017 grant.)— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
The next reads:
The materials confirm the grants supported the construction--in Wuhan--of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells.— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
And he added a key point, relating to the quote I have provided above, from the very same grant:
The materials reveal that the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses also could infect mice engineered to display human receptors on cells ("humanized mice").— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
And in not one, not two, not three, but FOUR subsequent Tweets, Professor Ebright observes what can plainly be seen as gain-of-function from the experimentation funded by the NIH and EcoHealth Alliance:
The materials further reveal for the first time that one of the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses--one not been previously disclosed publicly--was more pathogenic to humanized mice than the starting virus from which it was constructed...— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
...and thus not only was reasonably anticipated to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity, but, indeed, was *demonstrated* to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity.— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
The materials further reveal that the the grants also supported the construction--in Wuhan--of novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses that combined spike genes from one MERS-related coronavirus with genetic information from another MERS-related coronavirus.— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
Of course, I, and others, such as Jerry Dunleavy, of the Washington Examiner, already have reported on the $3.7 million the NIH handed to Daszak at Ecohealth, much of which subsequently was transferred to viral gain-of-function research tied to Wuhan, at a time when the US government had placed a moratorium on that kind of highly deadly “biosafety level 4” research.
As I wrote for MRCTV:
Fauci saw to it that, when the Obama Administration called for a halt of “gain-of-function” research at all US tax-funded BSL 4 labs, the researchers involved with SARS Cov2 who were working on this at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, soon got indirect funding through EcoHealth to continue the work in Wuhan.
And, as I noted for MRCTV in May, the evidence of Fauci’s involvement has been readily available to the pop media, but they either don’t care to look, or don’t want people to know the truth about Fauci and their tax cash being used in these unethical, unconstitutional, ways.
The NIH funding to enhance the infection capacity and lethality of pathogens at the BSL4 lab in Chapel Hill, at UNC where Dr. Shi (Zhengli) and Dr. (Ralph) Baric collaborated, and the subsequent relocation of pathogenic enhancement research to Wuhan through EcoHealth continued during a period when the Obama administration had placed a moratorium on gain-of-function research.
Indeed, one of the few good things the Obama administration did was place a moratorium on gain-of-function experimentation in 2014 – a moratorium that was not lifted until 2017.
Yet Baric’s name is on a 2015 document from the HHS announcing their work ramping-up the SARS COV virus.
And Dr. Fauci is thanked in said document.
Need we say more?