Wuhan lab’s U.S. partner questioned about COVID viral load manipulation
Wuhan Institute of Virology – along with its U.S. partner – manipulated the COVID virus in violation of regulations established by the National Institutes of Health. The manipulation of the virus allowed the it to to generate up to 10,000 times the viral load, according to information provided in a letter from the NIH to House Republicans.
This new information puts to rest claims that the virus was not manipulated to be more lethal and is a vindication to those that questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci’s earlier allegations that the NIH did not fund research.
In the NIH letter the agency stated that EcoHealth ( the US partner) violated provisions in its contract “requiring to report to government funders should one of the viruses in its experiment product ‘a one log increase in growth.’ The company did not report the increase. Instead, it worked with the Wuhan lab, and created extraordinary growth in the virus load from 1,000 fold to 10,000 fold. This increase led to severe disease in mice and deaths in the laboratory, according to reports.
News outlets that shunned those who questioned whether the virus was manipulated should be called out for their failure to do their job. Remember, questioning something does not make you a conspiracy theorist. In fact, asking questions and holding the government, agencies and departments accountable is wise and necessary for truth in any Democracy.
From Roll Call:
“NIH said the nonprofit partner, EcoHealth Alliance, must submit any unpublished data to the agency by Monday to come back into compliance with its NIH grant. Any new documents could shed further light on the controversial nonprofit’s research.
The EcoHealth project ran afoul of NIH terms because it experimented with changing the spike protein of a bat coronavirus identified by researchers as “poised for human emergence” and tested how well it infected human airway cells, according to the letter released by House Oversight and Reform ranking member James R. Comer, R-Ky., late Wednesday. The committee also released a long overdue progress report detailing the group’s work from 2018 to 2019. EcoHealth, a New York-based intermediary between the NIH and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, did not submit it to NIH until August.”
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National Institutes of Health renews ‘bat coronavirus’ research funding
Have we not learned our lesson? The now infamous National Institutes of Health has renewed a grant to EcoHealth Alliance for research on the “risk of bat coronavirus spillover emergence.” The news is shocking to many due to multiple agencies of the U.S. government supporting the lab leak theory of Covid’s origin.
“Zoonotic coronaviruses (CoVs) represent a significant threat to global health, as demonstrated by the emergence of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2,” a press release read. “Bats were identified as the wildlife reservoirs of SARS-CoV by EcoHealth Alliance, and since then, we have published hundreds of novel SARS-related CoV (SARSr-CoV) sequences from wildlife in China and across Southeast Asia.”
In order to “ease” concerns and some objections, the press release noted on-the-ground work under the auspices of this new grant will not be conducted in China. The study is specific to southern China, but the “renewed work will involve collaboration only between EcoHealth Alliance and the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School.”
All “recombinant virus culture or infection experiments” will also be removed from the research process. The press release assured that the research would not be “gain of function,” which involves extracting viruses from animals and engineering them in a lab to make them more transmissible or dangerous to humans.
The Biden administration has been supportive. National Review reports:
In February, national-security council communications coordinator John Kirby said the Biden administration supports gain-of-function research despite the potential risks as long as that it is pursued in a safe and transparent manner.
“[The president] believes that [the research is] important to help prevent future pandemics, which means he understands that there has to be legitimate scientific research into . . . the potential sources of pandemics so that we understand [them] and so we can prevent them from happening,” Kirby said.
However, let’s not forget:
in February, FBI director Christopher Wray told Fox News that Covid likely escaped from a laboratory in China, issuing the first public opinion of the sort from the agency on the origins of the virus.
“The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan,” Wray said. “Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab.”
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