(Tea Party PAC) – According to a report from the good people at WND, the individual who has replaced Francis Collins in his position as the director of the National Institutes of Health recently confirmed to Congress that the agency he is in charge of has complied with Chinese scientists who have insisted that the early genomic sequence of the virus that causes COVID be concealed.
Acting Director Lawrence Tabak told the House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday that the NIH “eliminated from public view” the crucial virus data that came from the lab located in Wuhan, China.
“The genomic sequence could help determine whether or not the pandemic began with a leak from the Wuhan lab – as considerable circumstantial evidence indicates – while assisting scientists in crafting a response,” WND reported.
“Tabak insisted that while the virus data is not public, researchers can still access it from a “tape drive,” which he acknowledged is ‘old technology,'” the report continued.
“In March, Vanity Fair reported biologist Jesse D. Bloom confronted National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Executive Director Dr. Anthony Fauci with a preprint of a paper showing that early genomic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 had been deleted from NIH databases at the ‘request of researchers in Wuhan,'” the report stated.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican from the state of Washington, asked Tabak to offer up an explanation as to why U.S. officials would bother to comply with a request from researchers working for the communist party in China, according to a report from the New York Post.
“There’s no question that the communication that we had about the sequence archive – Sequence Read Archive – could have been improved. I freely admit that,” Tabak stated. “If I may, the archive never deleted the sequence, it just did not make it available for interrogation.”
“So wait, you have the information still?” Beutler then asked.
“We have the information,” Tabak confirmed.
“Anybody who submits to the Sequence Read Archive is allowed to ask for it to be removed,” the NIH official went on to say. “And that investigator did do that. But we never erase it.”
“So you don’t have the information anymore?” Beutler asked in a follow up question.
“We do. We never erase the information. We keep it,” Tabak replied.
“So they were able to withdraw public viewing of it?” the congresswoman then asked.
“That’s correct,” he responded.
Fascinating exchange at the House this morning with NIH Acting Director Lawrence Tabak about the deletion of early COVID sequences at the behest of Chinese scientists.
— Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) May 11, 2022
“When Bloom raised the issue in June 2021 in his paper, Vanity Fair reported, Fauci and Collins responded by organizing a Zoom meeting with the biologist and several other top scientists,” WND reported.
Fauci then objected to how Bloom described Chinese scientists “surreptitiously” trashing the sequences, going on to insist the word was “loaded and the reason they’d asked for the deletions was unknown.”
Vanity Fair then reported that as more and more scientists were calling for transparency concerning the origin of COVID-19, NIH officials and Peter Daszak, who was funded by the NIH, sought to “present the lab-leak hypothesis as a groundless and destructive conspiracy theory.”
Of course, Daszak has a pretty glaring conflict of interest here. He himself conducted very dangerous gain-of-function research on coronaviruses in bats at the controversial Wuhan, China lab with scientist Shi Zhengli through his non-profit organization EcoHealth Alliance.
“As WND reported, a January 2020 email Fauci received from four top virologists shows there was strong evidence the COVID-19 virus was engineered in a lab. But after a teleconference the next day with Fauci, the virologists began dismissing the lab-leak possibility as among ‘crackpot theories’ that ‘relate to this virus being somehow engineered with intent and that is demonstrably not the case,'” WND went on to report.
“In April 2020, Fauci was asked by a reporter during a White House briefing if the research at the Wuhan lab might be responsible for the pandemic. Fauci insisted a “group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists” had concluded the virus was “totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human,'” the report continued.
The day after the briefing was held, Daszak sent off an email to Fauci, giving him a big, hearty thank you for “publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins,” Daszak stated in an email to Fauci on April 18, 2020.
During an interview with the BBC in March, Fauci was asked how he “could be so certain, so early on” that the pandemic had a natural origin, when he “knew so little about the virus.”
“Well, I was never certain so early on,” Fauci responded. “I have always kept an open mind. But when you look at the circumstances of the evolution, the similarity between [SARS-CoV-2] and SARS-CoV-1 from 2002 and 2003, I said – as did many other virologists who are very experienced in that – that the most likely etiology was a jumping species from an animal to the human.”
“The BBC presenter then brought up the Daszak’s now-retracted letter in The Lancet in February 2020 ridiculing anyone positing the lab leak theory as a conspiracy theorist,” WND reported.
“Was the scientific community too quick to dismiss the possibility that it could have come from a laboratory?” she asked the director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Well, I don’t think they were dismissing it,” Fauci replied. “I think it’s been misinterpreted. Everyone has always kept an open mind.”
However, Daszak and the other 26 scientists went on to boldly proclaim in the letter, “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.”
The group of scientists then published an article on March 17, 2020 in the journal of Nature Medicine that said, “Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.”
“But last September, The Lancet published a letter from 16 scientists that essentially condemned the two letters, charging the missives had ‘a silencing effect on the wider scientific debate, including among science journalists,'” the WND report stated.
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