"US and Chinese researchers funded by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases created viruses in a Wuhan lab that exhibited over 10,000 times higher viral load in humanized mice, records released by the agency show."

"The US nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance notified..NIAID..that between June 2017 and May 2018 it had created three lab-generated chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses in China that exhibited 'significantly higher' viral loads, documents first reported by The Intercept show"
“Three EcoHealth/WIV lab-generated viruses exhibited >10x to >10,000x higher viral load than the starting bat virus in humanized mice..One EcoHealth/WIV lab-generated virus exhibited higher pathogenicity than the starting bat virus in infection studies with humanized mice."
"EcoHealth Alliance first notified the NIAID it created the three lab-generated SARS-related coronaviruses in a progress report detailing its research activities between June 2017 and May 2018."
"EcoHealth Alliance included a chart visualizing the increased viral load of their lab-created viruses..Each tick in the chart..represents an increment of 100x..The day 4 data show greater-than-10,000x higher viral loads for the lab-generated viruses.”
"In comparison, the viral load for people infected with the delta variant is roughly 1,000 times higher than those infected with the original strain of the virus, according to Nature science journal."
"EcoHealth Alliance provided another chart in its progress report showing that humanized mice infected with EcoHealth’s lab-created viruses lost more bodyweight [a standard hallmark of pathogenecity] than humanized mice infected with the natural WIV1 strain."
"The results demonstrate–unequivocally–a gain in function"

"Based on the results, at least three EcoHealth/WIV lab-generated chimeric viruses are reasonably anticipated--by any rational standard--to enhance transmissibliity or pathogenicity in humans"
"but the agency [NIAID] continued to fund the project with taxpayer dollars without flagging it for review by an independent federal committee created in late 2017 to oversee gain-of-function research."
"Fauci said during a congressional hearing..that the NIH..'categorically has not funded gain-of-function researchat..WIV,' a claim that led..Sen. Rand Paul..to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice to investigate whether Fauci lied before Congress."
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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Virus research: Germany and the EU are also working together with bio-laboratories in Wuhan

Virusforschung: Auch Deutschland und die EU arbeiten mit Bio-Laboren in Wuhan zusammen
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""[T]he athletic debt included not only $70 M for new capital projects, but also $84 M in loans..university made to athletics to cover..annual deficits..sports programs had been running year after year. They had taken another $48 M in loans from..the Big Ten"
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"Human error can lead to incidents or accidents that release a deadly virus into the community. According to my research, data from two sources show that human error was the cause of 73.5% and 79.3% of incidents leading to potential exposures in BSL-3 labs"
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"[D]ocuments..obtained..after..a..FOIA lawsuit..show 'unequivocally' that NIH grants were used to fund controversial gain-of-function (GOF) research at the Wuhan Insitute of Virology in China—something..Fauci has denied."

"Multiple sections of the grant proposals and grant progress reports make it clear that the grants funded gain-of-function research of concern in Wuhan"
"Two especially noteworthy sections are page 28 and Figure 35 of the year four progress report on the first five year grant term (1R01-AI110964) and page 3, Figure 6, of the proposal for a second five-year grant term (2R01-AI110964)"
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