In an August 19th letter to Congressman James Comer, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced the suspension of the sub-grants awarded to EcoHealth Alliance to study bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The funding was originally to determine which of the bat-borne coronaviruses were likely to make the jump from animal to humans and the likelihood that those viruses could mutate into deadly potential pandemic pathogens. During the 2018-2019 grant period, EcoHealth Alliance failed to report the creation of a deadly, more virulent virus that infected humanized cells with ACE2 receptors in laboratory mice, a violation of the terms of their grant.
Those ACE2 receptors are the same receptors utilized by SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak) to infect humans, though the NIH states that experiments were never conducted on viruses with any genetic similarities to SARS-CoV-2.
From the letter:
However, NIH also identified one non-compliance under the R01 award that cannot be remedied with specific award conditions. NIH has requested on two occasions that EHA provide NIH the laboratory notebooks and original electronic files from the research conducted at WIV. To date, WIV has not provided these records. Under 45 CFR 75.371, “If a non-federal entity fails to comply with federal statutes, regulations, or the terms and conditions of a federal award, the HHS awarding agency or pass-through entity may impose additional conditions, as described in § 75.207. If the HHS awarding agency or pass-through entity determines that non-compliance cannot be remedied by imposing additional conditions, the HHS awarding agency or pass-through entity may take one or more [enforcement] actions, as appropriate in the
circumstances[.]” 45 CFR 75.371. Such actions may include partly terminating the federal award. Id. at 75.371(c).
Today, NIH has informed EHA that since WIV is unable to fulfill its duties for the subaward under grant R01AI110964, the WIV subaward is terminated for failure to meet award terms andn conditions requiring provision of records to NIH upon request.
In a letter dated October 20, 2021, the same day that the NIH changed the definition of “gain-of-function research” on their website, the NIH admitted that the 2018-2019 grant progress report from the EcoHealth Alliance had omitted information regarding the creation of a virus which was capable of infecting humans. EcoHealth Alliance was given five days to turn over documents in relation to the creation of this virus.
The revelations of the most recent letter and the letter from October 2021 prove beyond a reasonable doubt that statements made to Congress by Dr. Anthony Fauci are lies. In May 2021, Fauci told Senator Rand Paul that funding from the NIAID never was for gain-of-function and that none of the research was conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
From that hearing:
“Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“[W]e have not funded gain-of-function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“I don’t know how many times I can say it, Madam Chair, we did not fund gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Not only do the NIH letters confirm that the funding for the EcoHealth Alliance grant was suspended because gain-of-function experiments created a new and deadlier virus, but they also confirm that those experiments were funded through a sub-award and conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The NIH denied that any viruses used in the experiments could have ever become SARS-CoV-2, while simultaneously admitting that two of the viruses on which experiments were conducted shared over 96% of their genomic code with the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak.
During the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, then-President Donald Trump ordered the cancellation of this very grant to the EcoHealth Alliance citing that US taxpayer funds should not be used to conduct risky experiments at a lab in China. This decision was met with intense accusations of xenophobia and anti-Asian bias. After Trump’s initial order was met in April 2020, the NIAID ordered the resumption of the funding in August 2020.
In May 2021, RedState identified this very grant as the grant responsible for the types of research that could have created the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a claim that was widely dismissed by legacy media and big tech as a “conspiracy theory.” Later in September 2021, The Intercept identified the same grant as proof of the NIH’s and Dr. Fauci’s dishonesty about work conducted at the Wuhan lab.
RedState has also covered in-depth looks at the actions of EcoHealth Alliance President, Peter Daszak, who has been opposed to investigations into the Wuhan Institute of Virology. If you may remember, Daszak was the organizer of the letter signed by numerous viral experts, that denied the potential that the virus originated from the Wuhan lab. He also found himself on both the WHO and the Lancet Scientific Journal’s teams in the investigation of the origins of COVID-19. If EcoHealth Alliance is even potentially responsible for the creation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Daszak’s involvement in the investigation processes is a wild conflict of interest. The NIH should never have been trusting the word of EcoHealth Alliance or Daszak without independent confirmation. The NIH even went as far as to allow EcoHealth Alliance to define their work at the Wuhan lab so that it did not get defined as risky gain-of-function research.