"Scientists working under..NIH grant to..study bat coronaviruses combined..genetic material from a 'parent'..virus..with other viruses. They twice submitted summaries..that showed..three altered..viruses..reproduced far more quickly than..original virus"

"The Intercept consulted 11 scientists who are virologists or work in adjacent fields and hold a range of views on both the ethics of gain-of-function research and the Covid-19 origins search."
"All but two of the scientists consulted agreed that, whatever title it is given, the newly public experiment raised serious concerns about the safety and oversight of federally funded research"
"Jesse Bloom: "As a virologist, I personally think creating chimeras of SARS-related bat coronaviruses that are thought to pose high risk to humans entails unacceptable risks""
Jacques van Helden: "The real question is whether or not research has the potential to create or facilitate the selection of viruses that might infect humans. The experiments described in the proposal clearly do have that potential"
Vincent Racaniello: "There’s no question..From the weight loss, it’s gain of function. Tony Fauci is wrong saying it’s not."
"Inside the lungs of the humanized mice, however, the novel viruses..reproduced far more quickly than the original virus that was used to create them..The viral load in the lung tissue of the mice was, at certain points, up to 10,000 times higher..with the altered viruses" Image
"Another figure in the documents suggests that at least one of the altered viruses not only enhanced viral reproduction, but also caused the humanized mice to lose more weight than those exposed to the original virus — a measure of the severity of illness."
"[T]he Notice of Award the agency issued..said..[i]f any..chimeras show..enhanced virus growth greater than 1 log..the researchers were..to stop all experiments..The enhanced growth of the chimeric..viruses..was..4 log greater..But there are no indications..research was stopped."
"In fact, the bat coronavirus grant was renewed for a five-year period in 2019"
"[T]he documents do not prove Paul’s claim that Fauci was lying, as they do not make clear whether Fauci read them"

"What is clear is that program officers at NIAID, the agency that Fauci oversees, did know about the research."
"A paragraph describing the research, as well as two figures illustrating its results, were included in both a 2018 progress report on the bat coronavirus grant and an application for its 2019 renewal. And NIH confirmed that it reviewed them."
If NIH Director Francis Collins has an interest in self-preservation, he will announce: (1) after re-reviewing documents, he has concluded the grant supported gain of function, (2) his staff failed to note this previously, and (3) measures will be taken to prevent future failures

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"Did..Collins and..Fauci commit research misconduct?..NIH emails suggest..they did by providing 'advice and leadership' on a widely cited paper that did not acknowledge their involvement and dismissed a possible virus research lab accident in China."

"Hiding an author’s contribution to a paper is ghostwriting or plagiarism to be handled by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI), according to a,,letter signed by Collins, while Director of the NIH."
"A specific role for the funder in the conceptualization, design, data collection, analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript, should be disclosed."
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"With a pandemic that has led to an estimated 6.6 million deaths globally and trillions in economic loss over the last three years, it is unthinkable that a formal and credible investigation of its origin has not yet been conducted."

"In 2023, this inertia may be overcome as the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and launch investigations."
"If the pandemic virus did come from research activities that were conducted in collaboration or stimulated by discussions between Chinese and US scientists, evidence may have been present here in the US all this time."
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Proximal Orchestrations:
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(Article by Nicholas Wade)

"The emails begin with vigorous statements by the American virologists explaining their initial view that the virus had indeed been concocted in a laboratory."
"Mike Farzan of Scripps said that he was 'bothered by the furin site' and had 'a hard time explaining that as an event outside the lab.'"
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House letter, 11/30/22:

"We write to urge..NIH..to respond to..longstanding
requests to provide..information related to..origins of..COVID-19.., including matters related to..grant to EcoHealth Alliance and subgrant to..Wuhan Institute of Virology"

"NIH’s persistent lack of transparency with members of its authorizing committee of jurisdiction is troubling."
"According to its mission statement, a goal of the..NIH) is 'to exemplify..the highest level of..public accountability.' However, given the overall
lack of adequate responsiveness to our oversight letters, the NIH is falling short of the goal set
forth in its mission statement."
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"On Oct. 28, ProPublica and Vanity Fair published a story about..the origins of COVID-19..Our examination affirms that the story, and the totality of reporting it marshals, is sound."

Review of Criticisms of ProPublica-Vanity Fair Report
"It remains clear that in 2019, the WIV was addressing serious safety issues while scientists there faced pressure to perform. Risky coronavirus research took place in laboratories that lacked the maximum biocontainment safeguards"
"A series of WIV patents and procurement notices 'suggest that the WIV experienced persistent biosafety problems relevant to the containment of an aerosolized respiratory virus like SARS-CoV-2'"
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Public Distrust of Health Officials Is Anthony Fauci’s Legacy

A serially misfeasant, serially perjurious, public official leaves distrust and discontent in his wake.

Fauci understated the threat at every stage in the pandemic prior to the eve of presidential election.

He did so contrary to the facts that were available at the time and that, almost certainly, were known to him and understood by him at the time.
On 01/21/20--as the crisis in Wuhan unfolded on news media worldwide--Fauci claimed "this is not a major threat.”
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