SMOKING GUN: WCW FOIA Investigation Proves NIH Allowed Gain-of-Function Research; Wuhan Lab Funder Calls it “TERRIFIC!”

Posted by Amanda Nieves
04 November 2021 | Blog, Featured

In a shocking new revelation, discovered by the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) through Freedom of Information Act requests, Dr. Fauci’s NIAID staffers raised concerns that EcoHealth Alliance’s proposed experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was likely considered gain-of-function research — then allowed it to proceed anyway.

Here’s the FOIA challenge lawsuit we filed to get NIH’s explosive emails.

NIAID employees Jenny Greer and Erik Stemmy told EHA in a May 28, 2016, letter that their proposed grant “may include” gain-of-function research:

gain-of-function research

Then, bizarrely, NIAID asked EcoHealth to provide its own “determination” whether its planned experiments constituted GoF research. EHA said that they did not…and NIAID took their word for it!

In a statement to the Daily Caller, Rutgers University Professor Richard Ebright explained it this way: The NIH, in effect, delegated to EcoHealth Alliance the authority to determine whether its research was, or was not gain of function research subject to the funding pause, the authority to set criteria for the determination, and the authority to over-ride federal policies implemented by the White House in 2014-2017 and by HHS in 2017-present.

After a lot of back-and-forth between EHA and NIAID, EHA’s grant was approved. They celebrated the news, with Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, writing “This is terrific! We are very happy to hear that our Gain of Function research funding pause has been lifted.”

Remember when Dr. Fauci told Congress that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology”?

That’s looking increasingly hard to believe…especially considering that NIAID staffers raised this warning about gain-of-function research way back in 2016.

We’ve been exposing EcoHealth’s shady behavior for a long time — from their taxpayer-funded bailout, to their refusal to appear  before Congress, to their habitual breaking of transparency laws.

In fact, our investigators first revealed how the NIH was funding dangerous and wasteful experiments on bats and animals in Wuhan.

gain-of-function research

With the release of these new documents, embedded below, we’re getting closer to knowing the role that Fauci, EcoHealth’s animal experiments, and U.S. tax dollars played in the origins of the pandemic.

As we told the media last spring, when we filed the lawsuit: taxpayers have a right to who’s paying the bills, who’s cashing the checks, and if Fauci’s wasteful spending on animal experiments at the Wuhan lab caused the pandemic.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) cited a WCW FOIA investigation proving how the Wuhan lab is still eligible for U.S. tax funding.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) used documents received by WCW to press Fauci about funding Gain of Function in China.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) raised concerns about Fauci’s NIH secrecy.

Documents obtained by White Coat Waste Project via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Take action! Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor the Defund the Wuhan Institute of Virology Act and permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for this dangerous and cruel lab!

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