The House Energy and Commerce Committee is leading the Congressional push for a complete, scientific investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Today, Republican Leader of Energy and Commerce Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) renewed her call for more transparency from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in light of newly released emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of NIH.
“We must learn how the COVID-19 pandemic started and where it came from so that we can respond and be prepared for the world’s next pandemic,” Leader Rodgers said. “NIH must be more forthcoming with information they currently have. We need more transparency from the NIH to inform and complete a thorough scientific investigation.”
Here are four things we’ve learned from the Dr. Fauci emails:
#1: As early as January 31, 2020, Dr. Fauci heard from immunology and microbiology experts, such as Kristian Andersen, that COVID-19 potentially “looked engineered” and was “inconsistent with expectations from the evolutionary theory.”
#2: On February 1, 2020, Dr. Fauci forwarded an article from Science about the coronavirus genomes to the NIAID Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, M.D. The magazine article quotes NIAID virologist, Vincent Munster, saying “There’s a very large gray area between viruses detected in bats and the virus now isolated in humans.” Dr. Fauci also forwarded Dr. Auchincloss what appears to be an article from Nature Medicine co-authored by Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
#3: The next day, on February 1, 2020, Dr. Fauci exchanged emails with Dr. Auchincloss about timing of gain of function research and grant funding at the NIH.
#4: On April 18 and 19, 2020, Dr. Fauci exchanged emails with Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance (the NIH grantee that provided funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology), about downplaying the possibility that the COVID-19 virus started as an accidental lab leak.
.@HouseCommerce has a lot of questions for EcoHealth Alliance. We’ve asked @PeterDaszak to share any and all information he has related to bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Lab. This is also why NIH must be more transparent. All Americans deserve answers. https://t.co/xhRlfk7Lfv
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) June 1, 2021
CLICK HERE to read about the investigation into the origins of COVID-19, including comprehensive inquiries the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent to the NIH and EcoHealth Alliance.