Anthony Fauci’s group has awarded the same British zoologist whose Wuhan coronavirus research is thought by many to be behind the Covid-19 pandemic a further $650,000 to re-start his experiments on bats in Southeast Asia.
British research group, EcoHealth Alliance, headed by zoologist expert, Peter Daszak was studying altered versions of coronaviruses and virology in bats in the renowned lab in Wuhan just before the emergence of Covid-19 in China. The research involved genetically altering coronaviruses – which are common and usually have mild symptoms similar to colds and flu, to make the manipulated viruses more potent and dangerous to human health.
Now, the same group has been granted over half a million dollars by Fauci’s government-backed National Institute of Allergy and Infections (NIAID) for a five-year experiment that will study “the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence” in Asia. The experiments will involve scientists studying viruses lurking deep within caves inhabited by bats in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.
Did we learn absolutely nothing in the last 2.5 years?
Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, famous for sponsoring gain of function research on bat viruses at Wuhan has literally just been awarded more funding to study bat viruses in Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
— Miss Jo (@therealmissjo) October 2, 2022
Virology expert Daszak has close ties with Fauci and his group has received numerous handouts from the NIAID and US officials, amassing over $60 million, which was partly used for experiments on bats and coronaviruses in Wuhan. In an article by Vanity Fair earlier this year, it is claimed that Fauci attempted to destroy documents that detailed analyses about the early stages of Covid’s evolution.
Jesse D. Bloom, an evolutionary biologist who specializes in how viruses evolve shared a document he had sent to Fauci with the magazine in which he suggested that vital evidence and genome sequencing relating to Covid’s early evolution were purposefully destroyed in Wuhan. “A number of early SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequences mentioned in a published paper from China had somehow vanished without a trace. Bloom established that the NIH itself had deleted the sequences from its own archive at the request of researchers in Wuhan,” said the article.
The scientist went on to confront Fauci in a zoom meeting with various other experts from the NIH. Transcripts from that meeting show other meeting participants becoming defensive, while NIH biologist Kristian Andersen said that if Chinese scientists had deleted the information, then it was “unethical for Bloom to analyze them further”. Fauci intersected the discussion, “objecting to the preprint’s description of Chinese scientists “surreptitiously” deleting the sequences”, said Vanity Fair. According to the magazine, Fauci went on to say, “The word was loaded and the reason they’d asked for the deletions was unknown.”
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— Peter Daszak (@PeterDaszak) September 24, 2022
According to the NIH’s website, the new research will include studying “viral sequences and isolates for use in vaccine development” and will aim to conduct “community-based surveys and biological sampling of people frequently exposed to wildlife in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, to find serological evidence of spillover” and “sampling and PCR screening of bats and other wildlife at community surveillance sites.”
The NIH website says that the main aim of the research is to prepare for the outbreak of another Covid-style pandemic by “rapidly supply viral sequences and isolates for use in vaccine and therapeutic development.”