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Pressure Builds for NIH to be Transparent


07.27.21

Leader Rodgers: “We want to know what was funded through taxpayer dollars”

Pressure is building on National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to be transparent and provide documents and information that will inform a complete, comprehensive, and objective investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest from the Energy and Commerce Committee:

  • Republicans on the committee have sent several requests to the NIH for documents and records to answer whether and/or how taxpayer dollars funded risky research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). They’ve asked the NIH to cooperate and meet the NIH’s own standard of accountability and transparency. Read the latest comprehensive inquiry HERE.
  • In an exclusive interview with CBS News, Leader Rodgers called for more transparency from the NIH.

Now, pressure is building for NIH to provide answers,  respect Congressional oversight requests, and be accountable to the American people on how their taxpayer dollars were used.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board:

“Congress should thoroughly investigate the process that led to the approval of money for the WIV and possible gain-of-function research. It should also debate limits on this kind of research in the U.S. and push for international standards. While China is unlikely to budge, its opacity has aroused justifiable suspicion around the world, and the White House should keep the pressure on Beijing and the WHO.”

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin:

“What everyone can now see clearly is that NIH was collaborating on risky research with a Chinese lab that has zero transparency and zero accountability during a crisis — and no one in a position of power addressed that risk. Fauci is arguing the system worked. It didn’t. Even if the lab leak theory isn’t true, what’s clear is that we need more oversight of this risky research, both in the United States and in China.”

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“According to an intelligence fact sheet released by the Trump administration and partially confirmed by the Biden administration, the WIV took our help and used it to build another, secret part of the lab, where they worked with the Chinese military.

“Congress and the media would be derelict not to examine the decisions by Fauci and others that led to this collaboration. But rather than respond with openness and transparency, Fauci has consistently thrown cold water on the lab leak theory. Right now, NIH and other government agencies are ignoring congressional requests for more information about their relationships with these Chinese labs.

“This matters right now because the World Health Organization is starting a second attempt to investigate the origins of the outbreak, this time including a call to investigate the labs. Meanwhile, the Chinese government is insisting that it will never allow a real investigation into the Wuhan lab. It will be up to the U.S. government to lead the campaign to pressure Beijing to play ball.

Looking ahead, we must question whether U.S. government investment in this risky research, especially in collaboration with China, is worth these risks. Certainly, the current plan to spend $1.2 billion to drastically expand the initiative known as the Global Virome Project, an effort to dig up dangerous viruses and experiment on them in labs, including labs in China, must be totally reexamined.

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This is about getting to the truth of how this pandemic started so we can adjust our policies to prevent the next one. That means avoiding politics, not quibbling over semantics and pushing forward without bias or pre-conclusions. This is an urgent issue for our national security and public health.”

In an interview on FOX News, Federalist senior editor Chris Bedford:

“Since before SARS broke out in Asia, government documents show that there’s a long history of the NIH backing and funding patents on gain-of-function supervirus research. For example, between 2013-2020, government documents illustrate that the NIH and the Pentagon gave $123 million to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab.

“And as early as 2011, Fauci co-authored a Washington Post op-ed in which he applauded the creation of a “laboratory virus [that] does not exist in nature […] generating a potentially dangerous virus in the laboratory.”

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“The American people deserve answers about where the China virus came from, Bedford emphasized. “I want to find out if government money, if our taxpayer money, was going to foreign virology institutes that were studying a disease that helped destroy the economy of the entire world,” he said.




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