Fauci denies funding for gain-of-function research into new deadly virus
A new book by an investigative Australian reporter reveals how Dr. Anthony Fauci Allegedly misled Trump administration on gain-of-function research China.
“Fauci’s public persona as a cautious, careful medical professional has been bolstered by his central role in kickstarting exceptionally-for-profit research in the United States after the Obama-era embargo, as well as in China.” Their role in funding coronavirus research is in stark contrast. In unsecured laboratories. Laboratories that intelligence agencies suspect may have triggered the pandemic,” Shari Markson details in her new book,What really happened in Wuhan?”
The book was released late last month and details how Fauci tried to persuade White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to return funding for a research project in China called the EcoHealth Alliance. It was run by an American non-profit organization. Funding to EcoHealth happened suddenly After a decade ended last year About the project to study bats to identify the corona virus in China.
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“Tony, you have to raise this with the boss. Meadows is calling it,” Alex Azar, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, told Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases suddenly complained. The End of Money, according to excerpts from the book reviewed by Granthshala News.
Fauci held a “no hesitation” meeting with Meadows to try to overturn EcoHealth’s decision, “even though it was now made public that it was funding the non-profit group Wuhan Laboratories, which works on the coronavirus.” Were doing gain-of-function research. The city where the pandemic started.”
“Fauci declined to comment, but sources familiar with his complaint say he filed the case based on a lack of process, rather than any personal relationship with Daszak,” said the book, according to the EcoHealth Alliance. President Peter Daszak is referring.
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Former President Barack Obama halted federally funded gain-of-function research in 2014, but the NIH Ban lifted in 2017.
According to the book, NIH director Francis Collins formalized the collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences in 2015, and shared a photo of him with the president of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences that year. The book notes that Collins emailed Fauci in April 2020 stating that any claim of a laboratory leak of the virus was a conspiracy.
The email was titled ‘Conspiracy Gain Momentum’ and included a link to on-air comments by Granthshala News host Brett Baer that multiple sources told him the virus may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory before accidentally escaped. Perhaps the leadership of the NIH saw this as impeccable international cooperation,” the book states.
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“If so, it was foolish. The United States was well aware of the inherent risks of dual-use research that Xi Jinping was engaging in. It seemed that health, science, and even the defense community These serious national security and biosecurity concerns, as well as China’s blatant theft of US intellectual property.”
Markson also spoke to Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who did not name Fauci in his remarks but clarified that he blamed the NIH and other US health officials for funding the visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology .
“What’s clear to me is that the people at NIH and the health professionals in the United States who were monitoring these American researchers who went to this lab were also aware that this lab doesn’t meet rigorous safety standards. , to which standard we would keep an American laboratory or British or French or Australian or Japanese facility,” he said. “It seems that this raises a lot of questions about the absence of oversight and the associated risks.”
The book also details that senior White House officials were shocked to learn that Fauci lifted a ban on gain-of-function research in 2017, and “they were even more surprised to learn that he was in Wuhan.” Knew a lot about research, but didn’t say a word when the pandemic unfolded.”
Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who was present for all meetings during the early stages of the pandemic, said, “Fauci did not once mention the for-profit research that his agency conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. funded,” according to the book.
“I don’t remember he said anything like that, and it’s certainly not like he would have been involved,” Mulvaney told Markson. “I was surprised to learn about the connection recently. Honestly, I wish I had known about it, because it clearly registered as a possible source of bias in Fauci’s contribution to the debate. Put another way: I knew Navarro hated the Chinese, so I knew to take his input on the travel ban, with a grain of salt. I didn’t know about Fauci’s involvement in research in China. Certainly we had some of his would have affected the weight given to the contributions.”
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While Fauci did not tell top Trump administration officials about gain-of-function research, emails released via an FOIA request showed that Fauci was concerned about funding such projects to the NIH, the book said. has gone.
“Fauci was clearly concerned in the early days of the outbreak that his agency had funded for-profit work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, perhaps even funding the lab that caused the pandemic. He was extremely There was reason to be concerned, given scientists were telling him that Covid-19 may have been genetically altered,” Markson writes.
Fauci has denied funding the kind of research that creates the new deadly virus and was even asked by Sen. Rand Paul about funding over the summer.
“You take an animal virus and you increase its transmission potential to humans. You’re saying it’s not a work of profit?” Paul asked Fauci during a Senate hearing in July.
“That’s right, and Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say officially,” Fauci replied.
Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, has also accused Fauci of lying about gain-of-function research, stating in the book that Fauci is essentially “the master of gain-of-function research,” according to Ebright. parent”.
“No man on the planet has done more work than Anthony Fauci to enable, expand and excuse for-profit-work research,” Ebright said.
Fauci said on Granthshala News on Sunday that he “can’t think of anything” he did that would have contributed to the allegations and controversy over funding dangerous research at the Wuhan lab.