Letter From The NIH Reveals Fauci Lied To Congress Concerning The Funding Of Gain-Of-Function Research
A brand new letter that has come from the National Institutes of Health is providing additional evidence that current White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, lied to Congress when he denied that federal health agencies had provided funding for “gain-of-function” research, according to a piece published by The Federalist on Thursday.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul challenged Fauci back in May of this year concerning an annual $600,000 grant given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology through EcoHealth Alliance, which is a New York-based non-profit organization.
“The NIH has not ever and does not now, fund gain of function research,” Fauci had stated. “Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect.”
Gain-of-function research refers to scientists modifying organisms. Although Fauci has defended it in studying potential therapeutics such as vaccines, the research was deemed so dangerous by the U.S. government it was banned from 2014 to 2017.
Fauci then repeated these same claims in July during another back-and-forth exchange with Paul.
“Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I would like to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about,” Fauci went on to say.
Now, a letter from NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said EcoHealth failed to comply with a mandated report, as stipulated by the grant, that would have triggered a supplemental review process for “gain-of -function” research, The Federalist reported.
The gain-of-function research ban was lifted after the Department of Health and Human Services developed enhanced protocols to evaluate grant proposals under the Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Oversight Framework.
“NIH funded the Wuhan Institute, which the State Department claims was engaged in collaborative work with the Chinese military from 2014-2019 — the first three years of which gain-of-function funding was prohibited,” the Newsmax report stated.
“The research plan was reviewed by the NIH in advance of funding, and NOH determined that it did not fit the definition of research involving enhanced pathogens of pandemic potential,” Tabak then wrote.
Tabak then said that over the course of the research, brand new findings would have then mandated in-depth review over whether or not it met the actual definition of gain-of-function research.
“EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant,” Tabak continued.
EcoHealth has five days to send the NIH “any and all unpublished data from the experiments and work conducted” with the support of American tax dollars, The Federalist stated in the report.
Sen. Paul put up a post on Twitter Wednesday night to address the letter put out by the NIH.
“‘I told you so’ doesn’t even begin to cover it here,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted including a copy of the letter in his post.
The letter from the NIH comes just two weeks after the agency’s director, Francis Collins, resigned from his post.