This move comes three and half years after a global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic originated in Wuhan. With this move, the White House finally admits that the US government funded the infamous lab that was at the center of the covid-19 scandal.
For over three years, it was considered a conspiracy theory to suggest that the US government conspired with Chinese scientists to enhance the infectivity and lethality of coronaviruses. When questioned in front of Congress in May of 2021, then director Anthony Fauci claimed that the NIH "has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” This was blatant perjury, and now more White House officials are moving away from Fauci’s lies and the Chinese coverup of covid-19’s origins.
Back in 2014, a U.S. based nonprofit – the EcoHealth Alliance – was awarded $3.7 million in grants from Dr. Anthony Fauci, then head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Approximately $600,000 of the grants were sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where researchers worked on enhancing the infectivity and lethality of bat coronaviruses to develop diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines for future pandemics. The taxpayer funded project, “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” was renewed in 2019 -- the same year an mRNA vaccine platform was prepared for mass distribution around the world -- the same year a coronavirus pandemic was declared in Wuhan, China.
In the memo to the WIV, White House officials laid out a plan to block the lab from ever receiving U.S. funds again. The lab was found to be non-compliant with federal regulations, and Chinese officials stonewalled an international investigation into its proceedings inside. Moreover, multiple scientists working at WIV fell ill and were hospitalized in the fall of 2019. All evidence points to covid-19 being a planned operation, derived from years of laboratory experimentation, scripted narratives, investments into vaccines, and other forms of money laundering, high level coverups, and human rights abuses that were carried out in real time.
As the covid-19 scandal unraveled, NIH principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak reviewed EcoHealth Alliance coronavirus research in Wuhan and blamed the organization “for not being transparent about the work it was doing.” EcoHealth’s experiment tested whether “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” In the study, the modified viruses made the animals sicker, but the results were not properly reported as sinister evidence was gathered. The grant was originally approved by the NIH but additional reviews were not undertaken because at the time, the research didn’t fit the definition of “research involving enhanced pathogens of pandemic potential because these bat coronaviruses had not been shown to infect human.”
Tabak said Eco Health head Peter Daszak failed to comply with the terms of the grant. Had EcoHealth alerted NIH to the new results, it would have prompted a review to determine if the research plan should be re-evaluated. “EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant...” Tabak said. It's this deception that paved the way for unaccountable gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the WIV.
Even though no government has conclusive evidence that SARS-CoV-2 came directly from NIAID and EcoHealth research, the very act of gain-function bioweapons research at the WIV cannot be denied, and this nefarious activity must be shut down at all costs. Although it's coming years too late, the White House is taking the right steps now.