Dr. Anthony Fauci is once again facing accusations that he has misrepresented the truth regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its origins.
According to reports, the top White House medical adviser provided misleading information under oath, as evidenced by subsequently released evidence that potentially dangerous research involving bat coronaviruses took place at a laboratory in Wuhan China.
Contrary to Fauci’s public statements, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases appears to have provided a grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology between 2014 and 2019 to conduct so-called gain-of-function research.
The funds went to EcoHealth Alliance, an organization led by Peter Daszak, who in turn is accused of spearheading a campaign to discredit those skeptical about the origins of COVID-19.
Of the $3.1 million grant, nearly $600,000 went to the Wuhan laboratory to perform research labeled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.”
Related studies reportedly focused on “spillover” infections from wildlife to humans and involved collecting, analyzing, and experimenting with samples from bats.
The Intercept shared the previously unpublished grant proposal, which appears to contradict Fauci’s statements about gain-of-function research involving the manipulation of viruses to create more dangerous and easily transmissible variants.
“I totally resent that”
Fauci has repeatedly downplayed the possibility that COVID-19 originated in a lab, telling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a hearing in July that it was “molecularly impossible” for that to be the case.
“You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals,” he said at the time. “I totally resent that, and if anybody was lying here, senator, it is you.”
As speculation about the Wuhan lab began to surface in the early days of the pandemic, the Trump administration put a freeze on such funding in April 2020. At around the same time, Daszak sent an email to Fauci thanking him for his efforts to “dispel the myth” that the virus came from a lab.
Gary Ruskin, the executive director of U.S. Right to Know, pointed to the newly publicized documents as evidence that “high-risk research” funded by the U.S. government “could have led to the current pandemic.”
For his part, Paul cited the development in a tweet, writing: “Surprise surprise — Fauci lied again. And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.”