Coronavirus: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Tue Sep 7 18:46:59 PDT 2021

>> After Fauci got exposed from FOIA etc...
>> "Gain of Function"
"EcoHealth Alliance"

FOIA Release: Fauci Funded Construction Of 'Chimeric Coronaviruses' In Wuhan

When Dr. Anthony Fauci confidently screamed at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
in July - calling him a liar for accusing him of funding so-called
"Gain-of-Function" (GoF) research in Wuhan, China to make
coronaviruses more transmissible to humans, the argument ultimately
faded due to Fauci's unsupported claim that the research didn't
technically fit the definition of GoF.

Now, thanks to materials (here and here) released through a Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit by The Intercept against the National
Institutes of Health (which were unredacted enough to toss Fauci under
the bus), we now know that Fauci-funded EcoHealth Alliance, a New
York-based nonprofit headed by Peter Daszak, was absolutely engaged in
gain-of-function research to make chimeric SARS-based coronaviruses,
which they confirmed could infect human cells.

Peter Daszak (left), Anthony Fauci

While evidence of this research has been pointed to in published
studies, the FOIA release provides a key piece to the puzzle which
sheds new light on what was going on.

"This is a roadmap to the high-risk research that could have led to
the current pandemic," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S.
Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of
Covid-19 (via The Intercept).
Wuhan Institute of Virology Shi 'Bat Lady' Zhengli toasts with
Fauci-funded EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak (emerging
viruses group photo)

And as Rutgers University Board of Governors Chemistry Professor
Richard H. Ebright notes, "The documents make it clear that assertions
by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony
Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or
potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful."

In short, Fauci lied to Congress when he denied funding
Gain-of-Function (GoF) research.

    “If anybody is lying here, Senator, it is you.”

    — Dr. Fauci to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
    — The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021

Ebright summarized The Intercept's reporting in a Monday night Twitter thread:

    "The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant
proposals that were funded by the NIAID, as well as project updates
relating to the EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been
scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic."
    — Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021

Continued (emphasis ours):

"The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant
proposals that were funded by the NIAID, as well as project updates
relating to the EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been
scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic."

The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with
subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in
federal policies in effect in 2014-2017 and potential pandemic
pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in

(This had been evident previously from published research papers that
credited the 2014 grant and from the publicly available summary of the
2019 grant. But this now can be stated definitively from progress
reports of the 2014 grant and the full proposal of the 2017 grant.)

The materials confirm the grants supported the construction--in
Wuhan--of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a
spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another
coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human
(Recombinant DNA includes molecules constructed outside of living
cells by joining natural or synthetic DNA segments to DNA molecules
that can replicate in a living cell, or molecules that result from
their replication. -Science Direct)

The materials reveal that the resulting novel, laboratory-generated
SARS-related coronaviruses also could infect mice engineered to
display human receptors on cells ("humanized mice").

The materials further reveal for the first time that one of the
resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses--one
not been previously disclosed publicly--was more pathogenic to
humanized mice than the starting virus from which it was

...and thus not only was reasonably anticipated to exhibit enhanced
pathogenicity, but, indeed, was *demonstrated* to exhibit enhanced

The materials further reveal that the the grants also supported the
construction--in Wuhan--of novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses
that combined spike genes from one MERS-related coronavirus with
genetic information from another MERS-related coronavirus.

The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director,
Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH
did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic
pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.

*  *  *

When asked in the replies where to find specific evidence on GoF
research, user @SnupSnus replied:

    the same page is also numbered page 11- whoever made all those
numberings set us up for lot's of confusion, "3.3.c humanised mouse
    — Simon Lackner (@SnupSnus) September 7, 2021

    there is an easy clue; the acknowledgments section of the paper
attached in Fauci's panicked e-mails obtained via FOIA. this is the
work "expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a
mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone".
    — counterpopp (@counterpopp) September 7, 2021

    Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the
documents show that the EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab
leak theory seriously. “In this proposal, they actually point out that
they know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people
potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got
bitten,” Chan said. “Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not,
how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?” -The

In response to inquiries from The Intercept, EcoHealth communications
manager Robert Kessler replied: "We applied for grants to conduct
research. The relevant agencies deemed that to be important research,
and thus funded it. So I don’t know that there’s a whole lot to say."

Stay tuned, things should get really interesting for Fauci and Daszak
in the near future.

    So we paid the CCP to develop the virus that they unleashed on the
world…Not surprising…The media will probably dig into this now just to
avoid the Afghanistan disaster but that’s not going away anytime soon
either ..
    — Marco Mazzocco, CFA (@MarcoMNYC) September 7, 2021

To review the history of EcoHealth, Fauci and Gain-of-Function
research which we noted in March:

In 2014, Peter Daszak, president of New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth
Alliance, received a grant from Dr. Anthony Fauci's National
Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with the Wuhan Institute of
Virology (WIV) and others to research how bat coronaviruses can
'evolve and jump into the human population.'
Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance

The grant's initial funding of $666,442 began in June 2014 with an end
date of May 2019, and had paid annually to the tune of $3.7 million
under the "Understanding The Risk Of Bat Coronavirus Emergence"
project. Notably, the Obama administration cut funding for
"gain-of-function" research in October, 2014, four months after
Daszak's contract began, while the Wuhan Institute of Virology "had
openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with
U.S. universities and institutions" for years under the leadership of
Dr. Shi 'Batwoman' Zhengli, according to the Washington Post's Josh

    One of the grants, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat
Coronavirus Emergence,” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth
Alliance president Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for
novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who
work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details
about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental
work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at
Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan
Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise
additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun
in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has called “heinous.”


    The grant was initially awarded for a five-year period — from 2014
to 2019. Funding was renewed in 2019 but suspended by the Trump
administration in April 2020. -The Intercept

After Rogin exposed diplomatic cables last April expressing grave
concerns over safety at WIV, he says: "many of the scientists who
spoke out to defend the lab were Shi’s research partners and funders,
like the head of the global public health nonprofit EcoHealth
Alliance, Peter Daszak; their research was tied to hers, and if the
Wuhan lab were implicated in the pandemic, they would have to answer a
lot of tough questions."

In short, Daszak - who has insisted the 'lab escape' theory is
impossible, and that random natural origin via intermediary animal
species is the only answer - has a massive conflict of interest.

    @PeterDaszak on Gain of Function-experiments, Dec. 2019:

    "You can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily"

    "... inserting the spike protein into a backbone of another virus"

    "[...] insert these other related diseases and get a better vaccine.”

    — Bobby Rajesh Malhotra ツ ψ (@Bobby_Network) February 28, 2021

    Furthermore, the biggest clue to SARS2’s zoonotic origins are
those closest virus relatives in bat caves in Yunnan, China that have
been frequently sampled by various labs over the past decade.

    Why not search there first?
    — Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) March 10, 2021

    Does this count as a form of self-investigation?

    If you’re charged with investigating data/records that you were a
part of, and you tell the rest of the team they don’t need to audit
the records because you already know there’s nothing relevant in there
and can close the case?
    — Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) March 10, 2021

Further reading:

    Fauci In 2012: Gain-Of-Function Research 'Worth Risk Of Lab
Accident Sparking Pandemic'

    Fauci-Funded EcoHealth Refuses To Give Wuhan Documents To Congress

    'EcoHealth Alliance' Orchestrated Key Scientists' Statement On
"Natural Origin" Of SARS-CoV-2

    Video Of Live Bats In Wuhan Lab Reveals Daszak Lied In Now-Deleted Tweet

    "Sadly, It Starts With Two Lies": Peter Daszak's Latest Wuhan
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