US National Institutes of Health Official Finally Admits the Role of Taxpayers in the Wuhan Research

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After many years of denial, the US National Institute of Health has finally conceded that the country’s taxpayers footed the bill for gain-of-function research at Wuhan Institute of Virology in the months and years before the COVID pandemic.

It’s about time, and Lawrence Tabak, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Principal Deputy Director finally admitted to Congress that US taxpayers indeed funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China in the months and years before COVID-19.

“Dr. Tabak,” asked Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, “did NIH fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through [Manhattan-based nonprofit] EcoHealth [Alliance]?”

“It depends on your definition of gain-of-function research,” Tabak answered. “If you’re speaking about the generic term, yes, we did.”

This reply comes after more than four years of evasions from federal public health officials, including Dr. Tabak himself and former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci, over the controversial research practice that modified viruses and make them more infectious.

Dr. Tabak said that “this is research, the generic term [gain-of-function], is research that goes on in many, many labs around the country. It is not regulated. And the reason it’s not regulated is it poses no threat or harm to anybody.”

Dr. Bryce Nickels, a professor of genetics at Rutgers University and co-founder of the pandemic oversight group Biosafety Now, said the exchange “was two people talking past each other.”

According to Nickels, “Tabak was engaging in the usual obfuscation and semantic manipulation that is so frustrating and pointless.

“Instead of addressing this directly, Tabak launched into a useless response about how ‘gain-of-function’ encompasses many types of experiments,” also adding that the NIH bigwig was resisting accountability for such risky researches that have the ability to create pathogens of pandemic potential.

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