The Bombshell Outbreak in the Wuhan LabThe Bombshell Outbreak in the Wuhan Lab
> Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resulted in the release of 900+ pages of previously undisclosed documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, an NIH/NIAID-funded organization that subcontracted gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China > Released documents include two previously unpublished grant proposals funded by the NIAID and project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliances research > The documents allegedly reveal a novel SARS-related coronavirus was created that was more pathogenic to humanized mice than the virus from which it was constructed > According to Richard Ebright, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and biodefense expert at Rutgers University, 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 > In the wake of The Intercept report and the additional grant documentation, some GOP members are calling on Fauci to resign while others want him fired from his position on the White House COVID-19 response team
A story that is now exploding and being reported across political party lines is damning new evidence showing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), lied when he insisted hed never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China.
Ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resulted in the release of 900+ pages of previously undisclosed documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, an NIH/NIAID-funded organization that subcontracted gain-of-function (GoF) research on bat coronaviruses to the WIV.
Grant Proposals Shed Light on GoF Coronavirus Research
As reported by The Intercept, September 6, 2021
The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliances research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic
This is a road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic, said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.
One of the grants, titled Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,2 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.
The Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence grant3 was originally awarded in 2014 for a five-year period lasting until 2019. The second grant, Understanding Risk of Zoonotic Virus Emergency in Emerging Infectious Disease Hotspots of Southeast Asia,4 was awarded in August 2020 and is ongoing through 2025.