Since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has vehemently denied that U.S. taxpayer-funded “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China was the cause of the deadly virus that swept the globe.
A Rutgers University chemical biology professor, Dr. Richard Ebright, told a Senate subcommittee this week that Fauci’s fervent denials were “untruthful” and “demonstrably false,” Breitbart reported.
Ebright can make such claims with confidence as he has previously shared documentary evidence that appears to prove that the National Institute of Health gave taxpayer-funded grants to a group called EcoHealth Alliance, which in turn subgranted those funds to the Wuhan lab for gain-of-function research on coronaviruses.
Fauci has been “untruthful” about taxpayer-funded viral research
Dr. Ebright provided testimony Wednesday during a hearing on virus research by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emerging Threats with regard to the likely origin of the COVID-19 virus.
At one point during that hearing, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) made reference to the documents that Ebright had previously shared about U.S. taxpayers funding gain-of-function research in the Chinese lab that Dr. Fauci has repeatedly denied.
“What are the implications of Dr. Fauci’s continued, blatant dishonesty regarding NIH funding of gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” Hawley asked.
“I stand by my statement,” Ebright replied. “The statements made on repeated occasions to the public, to the present policymakers, by the NIH and director Dr. Fauci have been untruthful.”
The professor added, “I do not understand why those statements are being made because they are demonstrably false.”
Gain-of-function research did occur at taxpayer expense
The documentary evidence referenced by Sen. Hawley had been shared online by Dr. Ebright in October 2021, at which time he wrote, “NIH corrects untruthful assertions by NIH Director Collins and NIAID Director Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan. NIH states that EcoHealth Alliance violated Terms and Conditions of NIH grant AI110964.”
In a follow-up tweet, Ebright said, “The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021. The NIH — specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak — lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.”
Breitbart confirmed that the documents obtained by Ebright clearly showed that EcoHealth Alliance had sub-awarded its NIH grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for research in 2018 and 2019 to determine if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
In other words, U.S. taxpayer-funded gain-of-function research in a Chinese lab to try and make a bat virus stronger and more transmissible among humans — something Fauci will almost certainly be compelled to address the next time Republicans in the Senate or House get a chance to demand answers from him.