- RED STATE - Apr 5, 2021 -
The Decision Wasn't Even Scrutinized
The United States gave a grant of $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the decision wasn’t even scrutinized by the agency Dr. Anthony Fauci heads up. This per a new report from The Daily Caller which lays out in detail exactly how the transfer happened and the lack of oversight involved.
An oversight board created to scrutinize research that would enhance highly dangerous pathogens did not review a National Institutes of Health grant that funded a lab in Wuhan, China, to genetically modify bat-based coronaviruses.
Experts say the NIH grant describes scientists conducting gain-of-function research, a risky area of study that, in this case, made SARS-like viruses even more contagious. Federal funding for gain-of-function research was temporarily suspended in 2014 due to widespread scientific concerns it risked leaking supercharged viruses into the human population.
As the report notes, this kind of research was suspended for
several years due to concerns deadly viruses could leak out of these labs. Though that hasn’t been conclusively shown to be what happened with COVID-19, there has been circumstantial evidence to suggest an unintentional leak from the Wuhan lab was the cause.
Despite the danger involved in studying bat-coronaviruses, the grant was not scrutinized by the P3CO commission, which exists to look into whether research enhancing pathogens is safe and worth the risk.