“Mice Death Cover-Up” at Wuhan Animal Lab
For years, we’ve been investigating EcoHealth Alliance, the shady and habitually-lawbreaking “nonprofit” whose dangerous taxpayer-funded animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have been responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, Congress is hot on EHA’s trail, too.
This past Monday (April 25, 2022), members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Acting Director of the NIH, demanding an investigation into EHA for covering up critical data related to their deadly animal experiments at the Wuhan lab. The lawmakers call it the “mice death cover-up.”
“In addition to gain-of-function research concerns, it appears NIH approved an animal experiment without knowing the number of animals that would be involved & potentially harmed”
— White Coat Waste Project 🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) April 25, 2022
Fudge is delicious. Fudging data, however, is a big no-no — and based on the committee’s letter, it appears that EHA (and their president, Peter Daszak) purposefully omitted, elided, and otherwise fudged many facts and figures surrounding their exceedingly dangerous experiments on mice to make them seem less treacherous than they actually were.
Republicans claim that EcoHealth Alliance fudged important mice-death data that might have led peer reviewers to reconsider giving more funding to the agency. https://t.co/0Wxil2lNAH pic.twitter.com/F9IN2Md8vx
— National Review News Wire (@NRWire) April 25, 2022
Why did EHA do this?
To keep the money spigot turned on — a perfect example of white coat waste!
EcoHealth Alliance has not been transparent about the research it conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology using NIH grant money.
NIH should investigate to find out what EcoHealth knew and whether it intentionally misled in order to conduct dangerous research. https://t.co/4X4MrZR7Qg
— Morgan Griffith (@RepMGriffith) April 25, 2022
In November 2021, we revealed that Dr. Fauci’s division of the NIH expressed concerns about EHA’s proposed gain-of-function experiments on mice way back in 2016…and then, bizarrely, allowed it to proceed anyway. The only ‘condition’ on EHA’s mouse experiments was that they had to report if the viruses they were manipulating suddenly became more dangerous and more transmissible. (Their viruses DID get more dangerous, but they didn’t report it at the time).
Now we know that EHA hid far more than investigators had previously known. The committee’s letter notes that EHA described infected “humanized mice” as having “mild” clinical symptoms, when, in reality, the infection had a 75% death rate.
The letter explains, “EcoHealth arranged to get the humanized mice for the experiment imported to China. More transgenic mice were then constructed and bred before the experiment was conducted…. The experiment involved infecting four groups of humanized mice with different SARSlike bat viruses, with three groups getting infected with chimeric SARS-like viruses.…the WIV conducted one experiment that caused some… humanized mice to get sick within six days after infection, and some to die within two weeks.”
EHA also deleted the word “dead” as part of the phrase “dead point” on a graph, which made it appear that mice simply carried more of the virus, instead of dying from it. Quite an omission — and the committee noted that the change was “intended to deceive…peer reviewers.” Had these reviewers known what was actually going on, “[t]here was a significant probability that reviewers would have wanted to stop such risky research and not continue EcoHealth’s funding.”
EHA did not disclose the full extent of their cruel animal experiments — and the NIH, sadly, put blind trust in them. As the letter notes, “it appears NIH approved an animal experiment without knowing the number of animals that would be involved and potentially harmed.”
Shame on them!
— Energy & Commerce GOP (@HouseCommerce) April 25, 2022
Read the letter in full below. The effort was led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who has been leading House Republicans’ investigation into the origins of COVID-19 — and who spoke at WCW Project’s Congressional briefing “What Really Happened in Wuhan” in November 2021. The other signers were Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).
Before you get TOO angry and dismayed about what your tax dollars paid for, though, ask yourself a simple question: if bad actors like EHA refuse to follow federal law, should they stop getting federal money?
We bet you said ‘yes.’ We did, too.
To make that common-sense proposal a reality…take action! Contact Congress and ask them to cosponsor the AFAR Act!