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“So this continues to be discussed, and I just would like Dr. Collins maybe just a couple of clarifications. I understand we did not directly fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but my understanding is we did send about $3.7 million in grants to EcoHealth Alliance, of which $600,000 went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to various studies there. Is that true?” Harris asked Collins.
COLLINS: That is correct. I’m gonna ask Dr. Fauci—
HARRIS: No, I only five minutes. I just need—that’s true, okay, so as I read it. That’s true. Do we know whether the Wuhan Institute of Virology does gain-of-function research?
COLLINS: They were not approved by NIH for doing gain-of-function research. We do not – and that’s the official government identification for that term by the way. We are of course not aware of other sources of funds or other activities they might have undertaken outside of what our approved grant allowed.
HARRIS: So we could have sent money-- through EcoHealth Alliance, money could have ended up in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which might be doing gain-of-function research, and in fact, since they sent a general of the Communist Party army to take over the lab in February 2020. It’s not out of the realm of possibility they’re doing that. Because I do know that money is somewhat fungible, once you send money to institutes, that it bothers me a little bit that we would send money to an institute that might be doing gain-of-function research, especially China. Do we send any money to any sub-agencies or sub-grantees that could be sending money to Russia?
COLLINS: I don’t know the specific answer to that. I think we have in the past, and I don’t know whether we currently do or not.
HARRIS: And we will submit it as a QFR, if you could get back to us about that.
originally posted by: RMFX1
a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn
Maybe because the book was published 2 months ago and is obviously drawing from current events.
originally posted by: myselfaswell
a reply to: Waterglass
He is lying.
Unfortunately Rand Paul handed Fauci an out to argue against, which is what he done. He should have just stuck to the GOF funding that Fauci lied about.
Rand Paul needs to calm down and concentrate on what hes saying, just stick to the criminal accusation and Fauci is gonzo.
originally posted by: myselfaswell
a reply to: BrujaRebooted
Quite clearly Rand Paul accuses Fauci of funding the creation of the current corona virus. That is entirely speculative and completely unknowable. Fauci spends most of the time arguing against that claim to distract from the actual accusation.
What Fauci has done is funded GOF research, illegally. He knows it, everybody that has followed this knows it. He should face a criminal court and let all of the evidence be presented.
However, sequence data alone provides minimal insights to identify and prepare for future prepandemic viruses. Therefore, to examine the emergence potential (that is, the potential to infect humans) of circulating bat CoVs, we built a chimeric virus encoding a novel, zoonotic CoV spike protein—from the RsSHC014-CoV sequence that was isolated from Chinese horseshoe bats1—in the context of the SARS-CoV mouse-adapted backbone. The hybrid virus allowed us to evaluate the ability of the novel spike protein to cause disease independently of other necessary adaptive mutations in its natural backbone.
Is Dr. Fauci is lying to Congress on Gain of Function Test based on Washington Post 2020 story?
originally posted by: TzarChasm
I don't know if Fauci is lying but this information was public back in 2015.
“The only impact of this work is the creation, in a lab, of a new, non-natural risk,” agrees Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist and biodefence expert at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Both Ebright and Wain-Hobson are long-standing critics of gain-of-function research.
In their paper, the study authors also concede that funders may think twice about allowing such experiments in the future. "Scientific review panels may deem similar studies building chimeric viruses based on circulating strains too risky to pursue," they write, adding that discussion is needed as to "whether these types of chimeric virus studies warrant further investigation versus the inherent risks involved”.
But Baric and others say the research did have benefits. The study findings “move this virus from a candidate emerging pathogen to a clear and present danger”, says Peter Daszak, who co-authored the 2013 paper. Daszak is president of the EcoHealth Alliance, an international network of scientists, headquartered in New York City, that samples viruses from animals and people in emerging-diseases hotspots across the globe.
Studies testing hybrid viruses in human cell culture and animal models are limited in what they can say about the threat posed by a wild virus, Daszak agrees. But he argues that they can help indicate which pathogens should be prioritized for further research attention.
Without the experiments, says Baric, the SHC014 virus would still be seen as not a threat. Previously, scientists had believed, on the basis of molecular modelling and other studies, that it should not be able to infect human cells. The latest work shows that the virus has already overcome critical barriers, such as being able to latch onto human receptors and efficiently infect human airway cells, he says. “I don't think you can ignore that.” He plans to do further studies with the virus in non-human primates, which may yield data more relevant to humans.
originally posted by: slatesteam
Well the insurrection of ‘21 was a bust.
He laughs and insults elected congressman under oath.
A reply to:TzarChasm