Peter Hotez, dean of the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine, reportedly directed $6.1 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant money he received straight to the WIV, which then used it for illegal gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.
Hotez claimed that the money was spent on trying to develop a "vaccine" for the Wuhan Flu, as well as address any "accidental release from a laboratory" of the bat coronaviruses that were being tampered with at the facility. He is also vehemently opposed to a round of hearings scheduled for next year aimed at uncovering the full truth about Chinese Germs.
What is Hotez trying to hide so badly that he does not want anyone to probe this important matter? And why is he still employed at Baylor if he is embroiled in what appears to be a criminal conspiracy that funneled American taxpayer dollars to the Chinese Communist Party? (Related: Remember when Hotez called for people skeptical of Fauci Flu shots to be tyrannized by medical fascists?)
Those hearings are invalid and should not occur because they are part of "a plan to undermine the fabric of science in America," Hotez wrote in a Twitter post decrying the idea.
He called all investigation into COVID's origins an "outlandish conspiracy" and pushed the long-debunked narrative that the Fauci Flu was just some random accident that had nothing to do with any U.S.-funded research.
What we know for sure is that Hotez's NIH grant, which spanned from 2012 to 2017, was used for some hidden purpose in China that he does not want to be identified. Hotez's grant, meanwhile, raised the very real possibility of "deliberate spreading of the virus by a bioterrorist attack," calling SARS outbreaks "a serious concern mainly due to possible zoonotic reintroduction of SARS-CoV into humans."
"It's not clear why Hotez has dismissed a possible lab release of SARS-CoV-2 as preposterous, after having conducted research for years to prepare for a possible accidental or deliberate release of SARS-CoV," reported the Defender, adding that Hotez did not respond to any of the questions that were emailed to him about the matter.
It turns out that "bat lady" Zhengli Shi, also known as the "virus hunter," was head of the projects that Hotez funded. Hotez specifically subcontracted research on combined or "chimeric" coronaviruses, as well as underwrote two of Shi's collaborators on the project.
Hotez also co-funded a 2017 paper that revealed success among Shi and her colleagues in generating a recombinant (genetically engineered) virus from two SARS-related coronaviruses. They called that recombinant mutant virus "rWIV1-SHC014S."
"It's not clear whether the paper co-funded by Hotez should have been stopped under a temporary 'pause' on gain-of-function work before 2017," the Defender added.
"However, some independent biosecurity experts have said research on this chimeric virus in some ways epitomizes lapses in NIH oversight of risky research in the years before the COVID-19 pandemic."
Richard Ebright of Rutgers University said the "construction and threat-characterization" of rWIV1-SHC014 "unequivocally" shows that illegal gain-of-function research was taking place at the WIV, and that Hotez was directly funding it.
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