FOIA Release: Fauci Funded Construction Of ‘Chimeric Coronaviruses’ In Wuhan

Senator Rand Paul was right about Fauci.

When Doctor Anthony Fauci confidently screamed at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  in July   –   calling him a liar  for accusing him of funding so-called “ Gain-of-Function” (GoF) research in Wuhan, China to make coronaviruses more transmissible to humans, the argument ultimately fadeddue to Fauci’s unsupported claim that the investigation didn’t technically fit the definition of GoF.

Now, thanks to materials ( here   and  here ) released through  a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by  The Intercept   against the National Institutes of Health (which were  unredacted  enough to toss Fauci underneath the bus ), we have now know that  Fauci-funded EcoHealth Alliance,   a New York-based nonprofit  headed by Peter Daszak, was absolutely engaged in gain-of-function research to make chimeric SARS-based coronaviruses , which they confirmed  could infect human cells .

While evidence of this research has been pointed to in published studies, the FOIA release provides a key piece to the puzzle which sheds new light about what was going on.

This is a roadmap to the high-risk research that could have generated the current pandemic , ” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U. S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of  Covid-19   (via  The Intercept ).

And as Rutgers University Board of Governors Chemistry Professor Richard H. Ebright notes, “ The documents inform you that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV  are untruthful.

Simply speaking,   Fauci lied to Congress   when he denied funding Gain-of-Function (GoF) research.

Ebright summarized  The Intercept ‘ s reporting in a Monday night Twitter thread:

Continued (emphasis ours):

“ The trove of documents includes  two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the NIAID , along with project updates relating to the EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic. ”

The materials show that   the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in federal policies in effect in 2014-2017   and potential pandemic pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in 2017-present.

(This had been evident previously from published research papers that credited the 2014 grant and from the publicly available summary of the 2019 grant. But this now can be stated definitively from progress reports of the 2014 grant and the full proposal of the 2017 grant. )

The materials confirm  the grants supported the construction– in Wuhan– of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses   that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells.

The materials reveal that the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses also could infect mice engineered to display human receptors on cells (“ humanized mice” ).

The materials further reveal for the first time that one of the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses– one perhaps not been previously disclosed publicly– was more pathogenic to humanized mice than the starting virus from which it had been constructed…

… and thus not only was reasonably anticipated to exhibit  enhanced pathogenicity , but, indeed,   was *demonstrated* to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity.

The materials further reveal that the the grants also supported the construction– in Wuhan– of novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses   that combined spike genes from one MERS-related coronavirus with genetic information from another MERS-related coronavirus .

The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.

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When asked in the replies where to find specific evidence on GoF research, user @SnupSnus replied:

Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the documents show that the EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab leak theory seriously. “ In this proposal, they actually point out that they discover how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got bitten, ” Chan said. “ Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how do they possibly rule out a research-related accident? ” -The Intercept

In a reaction to inquiries from  The Intercept , EcoHealth communications manager Robert Kessler replied: “ We applied for grants to conduct research. The relevant agencies deemed that to be important research, and therefore funded it. So I don’t know that there’s a whole lot to say. ”

Stay tuned, things should get really interesting for Fauci and Daszak in the near future.

To review the real history of EcoHealth, Fauci and Gain-of-Function research   which we  noted in March :  

In 2014, Peter Daszak, president of New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, received a  grant   from Dr . Anthony Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) yet others to research how bat coronaviruses can ‘ evolve and jump into the human population. ‘

The grant’s initial funding of  $666, 442   began in June 2014 with an end date of May 2019, and had  paid annually   to the tune of $3. 7 million under the “ Understanding The Risk Of Bat Coronavirus Emergence ” project. Notably, the Obama administration cut funding for “ gain-of-function” research in October, 2014, four months after Daszak’s contract began, while  the Wuhan Institute of Virology “ had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U. S. universities and institutions”   for years under the leadership of Dr . Shi ‘ Batwoman’ Zhengli, according to the  Washington Post ‘ s  Josh Rogin.

One of the grants, titled “ Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence , ” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak to screen 1000s of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals.   The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — rather than at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was once assumed . The documents raise additional questions in regards to the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has called “ heinous . ”

The grant was initially awarded for a five-year period — from 2014 to 2019.   Funding was renewed in 2019 but suspended by the Trump administration in April 2020 .   -The Intercept

After Rogin  exposed diplomatic cables   last April expressing grave concerns over safety at WIV, he  says : “ many of the scientists who spoke out to defend the lab were Shi’s research partners and funders,   like the head of the global public health nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak; their research was linked with hers , and  if the Wuhan lab were implicated in the pandemic, they would have to answer a lot of tough questions. ”

Simply speaking, Daszak – who has insisted the ‘ lab escape’ theory is impossible, and that random natural origin via intermediary animal species is the only answer – has a  massive conflict of interest .

No shots were fired to begin the Eugenicist’s war against humanity. Tyranny was merely unleashed by the jab of a syringe extinguishing the natural rights of a now crippled disenfranchised populace.  

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