In a shocking new revelation, discovered by 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.
“The records were obtained by the White Coat Waste Project as the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit”
— White Coat Waste Project🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) November 3, 2021
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:
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!
NEW: Fauci’s subordinates flagged potential gain of function research in Wuhan in 2016, only to reverse course after allowing EcoHealth to Downplay their concerns, documents obtained by @WhiteCoatWaste and provided exclusively to @DailyCaller showhttps://t.co/oxXOtlcTxu
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) November 3, 2021
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.
FOIA docs obtained by @WhiteCoatWaste and a letter released by @HouseCommerce show that, contrary to Dr. Fauci’s claims to Congress, NIH officials flagged risky research being done at WIV w/ US grant $$: https://t.co/BBkG5WbRIm
— Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) November 4, 2021
“This is terrific! We are very happy to hear that our Gain of Function research funding pause has been lifted,” Peter Daszak emailed an NIH official.
These docs about NIH funding of research at the Wuhan Institute obtained by @WhiteCoatWaste are incrediblehttps://t.co/ETZOGLoFDr
— Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) November 4, 2021
“The White Coat Waste Project, group that opposes 🦇 🐭 experimentation, obtained correspond b/w NIH & EcoHealth showing… discussions over the experiments led to decision that they were outside the #GOF definition & could go ahead.”#WuhanLab #LabLeak https://t.co/0hAJW1Qx0C
— White Coat Waste Project🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) November 17, 2021
In fact, our investigators first revealed how the NIH was funding dangerous and wasteful experiments on bats and animals in Wuhan.
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.
Newly revealed @NIH documents make even more clear that we need congressional hearings w/ subpoena power ASAP, where Peter Daszak must testify under oath, & that we must be far stronger demanding a comprehensive investigation of pandemic origins in China. https://t.co/jmhp3YnYxC
— Jamie Metzl (@JamieMetzl) November 3, 2021
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.
Documents obtained by White Coat Waste Project via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)536974886-Gain-Of-Function-Communications-Between-EcoHealth-Alliance-And-NIAID
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!