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National Institutes of Health Official Admits American Taxpayers Funded Gain-of-Function Research In Wuhan

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National Institutes of Health principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak has admitted to Congress that, in the months and years before the COVID-19 pandemic, US taxpayers funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
[Source: nypost.com]

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Ever since virologists gained the tools for manipulating a virus’s genes, they have claimed they could get ahead of a potential pandemic by exploring how close a given animal virus might be to making the jump to humans. As a result, around the world, so-called ‘gain-of-function’ experiments that enhance the ability of dangerous animal viruses to infect human beings have become commonplace.

Significantly, therefore, and as we now know, such experiments using bat coronaviruses have been carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Moreover, not only was at least some of this work apparently funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the United States’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was headed at the time by the infamous Dr. Anthony Fauci, but it also involved making alterations to the spike protein that facilitates the entry of coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2 into host cells.

The possibility that COVID-19 may have leaked out of a lab in Wuhan has now been described as the most likely cause of the pandemic by agencies such as the FBI and the US Energy Department, ex-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield, and former Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe, among others.

To learn more about the likely origin of COVID-19 and whether it may have escaped from a lab, see this article on our website.