By R. Cort Kirkwood (The New American)
Anthony Fauci’s infectious-disease agency knew in 2016 about a grantee’s violating federal restrictions on dangerous virus research. And that agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), permitted the grantee to police its work.
The latest on NIAID appeared in reports from the Daily Caller and The Intercept.
A NIAID e-mail to the grantee, EcoHealth Alliance, said experiments described in a grant trespassed the ban on funding gain-of-function research, the Caller revealed. That research enhances viruses to make them more virulent. Experts believe the SARS-CoV-2 that infected the world and killed millions sprung from Wuhan Institute of Virology. That’s where scientists conducted the experiments.
The Intercept revealed that NIAID permitted EcoHealth to monitor its own work. And that, virologist Richard Ebright said, was akin to permitting students to grade themselves.
Last month, Ebright called Fauci and outgoing NIH chief Francis Collins “untruthful” in saying the agencies did not fund the dangerous experiments. NIH confirmed two weeks ago that EcoHealth did indeed pass money to WIV, which used it to created a souped-up virus that could infect human beings.