White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for greater transparency from the Chinese government
regarding the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
The infectious disease expert told the Atlantic's Ross Andersen
he is "keeping a completely open mind" about how COVID-19 first emerged in the central Chinese province of Wuhan in 2019. Fauci also remarked that Beijing is "probably" withholding information from the international community.
"You [want to] keep an open mind that it could have been anything that happened," he said. "The fact is, as a society when something occurs that looks like even if it is naturally coming out of China – they will be secretive about it because of this feeling that they're gonna get blamed for something."
Fauci advised that the best thing to do would be to open up Wuhan's wet markets, which are now closed, for any investigation. He added: "If we were able to go and do surveillance easily in China, we would get a lot more information than we have now."
The medical advisor's remarks contradicted his earlier stance on the origins of COVID-19. He and other health authorities adamantly insisted that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally from an animal host, jumping to humans afterward. In a 2020 letter, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) dismissed the possibility of the virus leaking from a laboratory as a conspiracy theory.
Evidence reveals extent of Fauci's involvement in SARS-CoV-2
Many experts, however, believe that COVID-19's origins lie in the Wuhan Institute of Virology
(WIV). They presented sizable amount of evidence to support this claim.
Dr. Lawrence Tabak, acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), divulged Fauci's involvement in gain-of-function research to Rep. James Comer (R-KY). He revealed in a letter that the infectious disease expert led a study on the manipulation of a bat coronavirus called WIV1.
WIV researchers grafted spike proteins from other coronaviruses onto WIV1 to see if the modified virus would be capable of binding in a mouse that had the ACE2 receptors found in humans. These receptors are the areas where the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binds. Ultimately, the modified virus reproduced more rapidly and made test mice more ill than the unmodified virus.
Moreover, Fauci's NIAID gave New York-based EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) annual grants from 2014 until 2020. Of the almost $3.75 million total amount of grant funding given to EHA, more than $600,000 was sent to the WIV laboratory.
During a Congressional hearing in May 2021, Fauci testified that the NIH "has not ever funded gain-of-function research in the WIV."
But this was proven otherwise
by a letter penned by molecular biologist Richard H. Ebright, who tweeted that the NIH "corrects untruthful assertions by [former] NIH Director [Francis] Collins and Fauci that NIH had not funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan. The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021." (Related: NIH contradicts Fauci, admits funding gain-of-function research at Wuhan lab
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) replied to Ebright's letter in a tweet. Cotton said "Fauci knew" and called for his investigation and prosecution "to the fullest extent of the law."
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Watch this video that talks about Fauci's connection with the Wuhan lab and the Ecohealth Alliance
This video is from the Self-Government channel on Brighteon.com
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