If the theory that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab through “gain-of-function” research partially funded by American taxpayers, some U.S. health officials clearly have some explaining to do.
One such official is Dr. Francis Collins, the longest-serving director of the National Institutes of Health — and he unexpectedly announced his impending resignation from that post this week.
“I love this agency and its people”
According to Breitbart, Collins made the announcement on Tuesday, roughly a month after a trove of leaked documents seemed to substantiate the Chinese lab origin theory and strongly suggested that Collins, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, had misled Americans about the use of NIH grants to fund viral research at the facility in Wuhan.
In a statement, Collins cited the length of his tenure as one of his reasons for stepping down.
“It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great agency for more than a decade,” he wrote. “I love this agency and its people so deeply that the decision to step down was a difficult one, done in close counsel with my wife, Diane Baker, and my family. I am proud of all we’ve accomplished.”
Nevertheless, he shared his belief “that no single person should serve in the position too long” and that the time has come “to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future.”
Collins expressed gratitude for the work “of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.”
Damning documents published
He was first appointed to serve as director of the agency in 2009 by then-President Barack Obama. He continued in that role through the Trump administration and into President Joe Biden’s term.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Collins made no mention in his statement to the recently unveiled details surrounding his agency’s funding of coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Hundreds of documents were first published by The Intercept, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
That information was subsequently summarized on Twitter by Rutgers University professor of chemistry and chemical biology Richard Ebright. He asserted that the documents showed that, with the help of U.S. taxpayer money, risky experiments were being performed on various bat-borne viruses in an effort to increase their potency and transmissibility.
Of course, such a conclusion contradicts prior statements from Collins and Fauci. Although the origins of COVID-19 have not been confirmed, more and more Americans are clamoring for so-called experts to be held accountable for their risky behavior and apparent efforts to cover it up.