After Strong Denials, NIH Admits Funded Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab

After Strong Denials, NIH Admits Funded Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab

According to an October 21 report from Yahoo News, the NIH has now admitted to paying for Gain-of-Function work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. At the same time, NIH is pointing the finger at its contractor EcoHealth Alliance for violating reporting requirements. The NIH’s Lawrence A. Tabak made the admissions in a letter to US Representative James Comer while asserting that Ecohealth failed to be transparent in its reporting. Tabak cited a “limited experiment” that was done to see if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 reception in a mouse model,” and said that mice with the altered virus “became sicker” than the mice were infected with the unaltered version. Per Yahoo, this disclosure vindicated Senator Rand Paul, who has accused NIAID director Anthony Fauci of suppressing information on such dangerous work in the May and July hearings.

Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogen   

Most GoF work involves taking viruses from animals and changing them in the lab to be more transmissible or more deadly to human beings. The Tabak letter never uses this phrase, perhaps to mai...

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