Questions arise on NIAID’s role, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, as it directs US grant funds to Ecohealth Alliance, a global environmental health nonprofit organization, and a long-term scientific collaborator of Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The nature of experiments for the funding is questionable.
Reports on April 27, 2020, show that President Trump seemingly authorized the suspension of a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grants to the said nonprofit organization collaborating with Chinese scientists.
According to GatewayPundit, series of evidence show that the coronavirus likely emanated from a laboratory in China and was later downplayed by the Chinese government and the World Health Organization. Human-to-human type of transmission was first denied and made appear only to be transferred from animals (bats) to humans. Also, China government’s cutting off domestic flights while international flights continued to operate sounded suspicious.
Interesting points from the Gateway Pundit report substantiate the NIAID collaboration with the Chinese, which could prompt further investigations.
1. Grant Suspension with China’s Scientific Collaborator
National Institutes of Health (NIH) suspended the remaining grant of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to EcoHealth Alliance, a global environmental health nonprofit organization. EcoHealth Alliance has been maintaining long-term scientific collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
2. Obama administration’s questionable 2015 grant to the same lab where the coronavirus likely came from
When asked by a correspondent, President Trump confirmed hearing about the 2015 grant under the Obama administration on the laboratory where the coronavirus probably came. He also said to suspend it immediately.
3. Series of conversation between the NIH and EcoHealth Alliance
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, notified Kevin Olival, EcoHealth Alliance’s Vice President of the suspension on April 19, 2020. Lauer said there are allegations that COVID-19 might have been released from Wuhan Institute of Virology, which studies the interactions between coronaviruses and bats. As such, the NIH instructs EcoHealth Alliance to temporarily suspend funds to Wuhan Institute of Virology while the allegations are under review.
Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, responded to Lauer two days later, stating that no funds nor contracts have been given to Wuhan Institute of Virology but will comply with the instructions.
Lauer then notified Daszak on April 24, 2020, that the NIAID nominated to terminate the project since the “current project outcomes” are not believed to be aligned with the NIH “program goals and agency priorities.” Dr. Fauci, however, claimed he was not aware of the reasons for the grant cancellation.
NIH later reinstated the grant but suspended it immediately, requiring EcoHealth Alliance to complete specific actions which the latter claimed “impossible and irrelevant conditions.”
4. NIH $82 million program grants EcoHealth Alliance
NIH programs creating a global network involving ten Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID), amounting to $82 million. It announced that the agency in controversy would initially receive $7.5 million as part of the said program.
The program raised confusion as to why would the NIH, thru NIAID, award such grant twenty times the previous to the same agency still painted with controversy.
As countries continually suffer in the assault of the deadly coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci owes it to the world to provide any detailed information as he leads the new program’s implementation.