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NIH contradicts Fauci, admits funding Gain-of-Function research at Wuhan Lab

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A new letter from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released on Wednesday provides additional evidence that Anthony Fauci misled Congress by repeatedly denying that federal health agencies ever funded “gain of function” research.

The NIH documents contradict previous assertions made by the EcoHealth Alliance about its experiments on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan.

The NIH has never funded, and does not currently fund, gain-of-function research, Fauci said in May during a debate with Republican Senator Rand Paul about a $600,000 annual grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) through EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based non-profit. “With all due respect, Senator Paul, you are entirely and completely incorrect,” Fauci told Sen. Rand Paul.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) appears to have contradicted the director of the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak claimed in a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that EcoHealth failed to comply with a mandated report required by the grant, which would have triggered a supplemental review process for “gain-of-function” research.

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