Sunday, September 26, 2021

White House stands by Fauci over function-of-function research controversy

After the White House on Thursday released documents detailing US-funded coronavirus research in China, the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s continued support.

The statements to Congress have been reviewed after the release of more than 900 pages of documents obtained by The Intercept detailing the use of federal funds by the US-based health organization, EcoHealth Alliance, in Wuhan. BAT is meant to fund coronavirus research. Institute of Virology in China.

Critics say the documents show Fauci misled Congress when he repeatedly insisted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) never funded controversial profit-of-work (GOF) research at a Chinese laboratory.

When asked at Thursday’s White House press briefing if she would withdraw a previous statement that “under no circumstances” would President Joe Biden consider sacking Fauci, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki supported the doctor. doubled in.

“NIH has never approved any research that would make the coronavirus more dangerous to humans,” Saki said.

“A reminder that there are more different coronaviruses than the current one we are battling, and the body of science produced by this research suggests that the bat coronaviruses published from that work supported by the NIH were not the strain, CoV. -2 tension. So what happened [Fauci] Said it was right.”

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on September 09, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Diets/Getty Images)

The newly released documents include two grant proposals funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

One of which, “Understanding the Risk of the Emergence of Bat Coronavirus,” totaled $666,422. It outlines a plan led by Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance, to “investigate the ecology, evolutionary biology and transmission dynamics of bat coronaviruses at the human-wildlife interface.”

It is unclear whether the second grant given by the NIH to the EcoHealth Alliance, “Understanding the Risk of Zoonotic Virus Emergence in Southeast Asia’s Emerging Infectious Disease Hotspots”, was withdrawn after the government gave it in August 2020 to extend it to 2025. taken or suspended.

According to The Intercept, the bat coronavirus grant provided a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 to the EcoHealth Alliance, which was used by the Wuhan Institute of Virology to identify and replace bat coronaviruses most likely to infect humans.

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In an email to The Epoch Times, an NIH spokesperson reiterated Saki’s remarks: “The research we supported in China, where coronaviruses are prevalent, sought to understand the behavior of coronaviruses that spread in bats, causing widespread disease. The body of science produced by this research shows that bat coronavirus sequences published from that NIH-supported work were not SARS-CoV-2. More importantly, similar research to understand coronaviruses led to “We were able to move rapidly to develop vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and save lives.”

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A sign is displayed behind Sen. Rand Paul (R-Q) speaking to Dr. Anthony Fauci on July 20, 2021 in Washington. (Stephanie Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images)

Fauci has repeatedly feuded with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) over the issue of GOF research during congressional hearings, including an instance in July where Paul suggested that Fauci lied to Congress. whether the NIH funded the GoF.

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Fauci responded by saying that he “never lied to Congress” and that the NIH did not fund the GOF research at the Wuhan lab. Fauci told Paul, “You don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly.”

Paul was viewing the release of the documents by The Intercept as a victory when he tweeted on Tuesday: “I was right about his agency funding for novel coronavirus research in Wuhan.”

Paul’s tweet was a re-tweet from Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, who wrote: “The material confirms a grant supporting manufacturing – in Wuhan – with the novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that have been linked to a coronavirus.” The spike combines genes with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed that the resulting viruses can infect human cells.

“The documents make it clear that claims by NIH director, Francis Collins, and NIAID director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support for-profit-work research or potential pandemic pathogen growth in WIV are untrue.”

The documents also shed light on the theory that the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus epidemic originated from a laboratory leak in Wuhan. The regime has faced criticism from the international research community and has been accused of engaging in cover-ups.

Nick Ciolino

Nick Ciolino covers the White House.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

White House stands by Fauci over function-of-function research controversy
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