Hundreds of scientists opposed a risky type of research ultimately banned by the Obama administration in 2014 but subsequently funded by the top U.S. immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, that likely led to the creation and accidental release of the COVID-19 virus, according to a weekend report.
In a detailed investigative report on Sunday, Fox News host Steve Hilton and New York Post columnist Miranda Devine discussed how Fauci allegedly approved funding through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “gain of function” research that ultimately involved a top Chinese lab in Wuhan, China, known for conducting such studies, in spite of a ban on such research in 2014 by the Obama administration.
During his lengthy report, Hilton noted that, based on documents and media reports, the Obama administration was pressured to issue the moratorium after scientists expressed concerns that a highly contagious, man-made virus manipulated as part of gain-of-function research could escape from a lab and ravage populations.
In response to those concerns, the Obama administration placed a moratorium on the research, which involves manipulating a virus’ genetic sequences in order to create a more potent strain so scientists can discover how best to combat them.
(Source: Fox News)
“Brilliant!” Peter Hale, the executive director of the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a group that opposes such research, noted at the time, The New York Times reported. “The government has finally seen the light. This is what we have all been waiting for and campaigning for. I shall sleep better tonight.”
But, according to Hilton, Fauci — who wrote approvingly of such research in a Washington Post op-ed published Dec. 30, 2011 — nevertheless continued on with gain-of-function research anyway, subcontracting it to a group called EcoHealth Alliance.
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“It looks to us, having looked at the documents and the paper trail and the money trail that the most likely explanation — we can’t be sure — but the most likely explanation is that this virus was the result of a genetic research commissioned by Dr. Fauci in contravention of a ban on that kind of research that was put in by the Obama administration in 2014,” Hilton said as he brought in Devine.
“The irony, tragically, is that that ban by the Obama administration was forced on them by a group of about 300 scientists, eminent scientists, who knew that this gain of function research, this Frankenstein research, was so dangerous,” Devine responded.
“It’s just asking for trouble, especially because we’ve seen so many lab accidents,” she added. “When the ban happened, unfortunately, Dr. Fauci…decided to get around the ban by doing that research or directing that research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which already had a subpar safety record as we know — even the Chinese government was worried about it.”
Devine went on to say that “every apolitical, honest virologist in the world” believes that “the most likely explanation” for COVID-19 is that it was lab-engineered and that “it escaped” by accident.
Devine added that Fauci, whom President Joe Biden has named to head his COVID-19 task force, has long been supportive of gain-of-function research, referencing his 2011 op-ed in which he claimed it was a “risk worth taking.”
“It’s striking that the two people who are pushing back the most on the lab leak theory are Anthony Fauci and Peter Daszak,” the latter of whom heads the EcoHealth Alliance, which Hilton said Fauci subcontracted to continue the gain of function research.
Daszak, said Devine, is currently in China as the only American who is part of a World Health Organization panel allegedly investigating the virus’ origins. She also said he was at the Wuhan lab in October 2019 when some reports indicate COVID-19 began to spread.
“He is not being straight with the public when he talks about” accidental release of the virus “not being a possibility,” Devine noted further.
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