The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin called out the media for ignoring what could be a significant aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic: Dr. Anthony Fauci’s involvement in coronavirus-related research in Wuhan, China, in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rogin, in an interview on Megyn Kelly’s podcast, suggested that National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists who were engaged in gain-of-function research – the artificial enhancement of viruses to make them more transmissible in order to produce a more effective cure – were deliberately keeping the public in the dark out of fear they could lose their careers if they speak out against the NIH.
Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on the Covid-19 pandemic, has been the head of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and as such supervises all gain-of-function research in the U.S.
In 2015, Fauci approved a $3.7 million project for such research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, even though the Obama White House issued a ban on ‘monster-germ’ research. The WIV is one of China’s top centers for viral research.
The first cases of the virus were reported in Wuhan in December 2019, and it was widely reported the original carrier of the virus was an animal (possibly a bat) and that the disease originated at a live animal market not far from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“This body of research, this gain-of-function research, the whole world of virologists … it’s very insular,” Rogin said. “I often talk to scientists who say the same thing, who say, ‘Listen, we really want to speak out about this, but we can’t do it.’ Why can’t we do it? Well, We get all of our funding from NIH, or NIAID, which is run by Dr. Fauci. … And so we can’t say anything like ‘Oh, gain-of-function research might be dangerous, or it might have come from a lab, because we’re going to lose our careers, we’re going to lose our funding, we’re not going to be able to do our work.’”
“The head of the funding, the head of the entire field, really, is Anthony Fauci,” Rogin said. “He’s the godfather of gain-of-function research as we know it. That, what I said right there, is too hot for TV, because people don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic … might also have been connected to this research, which might also have been connected to the outbreak.
“The problem is not that they were doing something wrong or illegal,” he noted. “The problem is that nobody knows what this legal stuff was that was going on. And now, all of a sudden, we have to take a look at it.”
In his book “Chaos Under Heaven” published last month, he cited sources who told him Wuhan scientists had engaged in a more aggressive gain-of-function research than previously believed and that the virus may have been genetifally modified and escaped from a Wuhan lab.
“The Wuhan Institute of Virology had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U.S. universities and institutions,” Rogin said. “But [an] official told me the U.S. government had evidence that Chinese labs were performing gain-of-function research on a much larger scale than was publicly disclosed, meaning they were taking more risks in more labs than anyone outside China was aware of. This insight, in turn, fed into the lab-accident hypothesis in a new and troubling way.”
“People can’t get it through their heads, but that’s the reality,” he added, before noting the media’s failure to call more attention to the issue.
“We don’t have a media environment where we can have that kind of discussion.”
“People don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic Dr. Fauci might also have been connected to this research which might also have been connected to the outbreak…”@JoshRogin on what we know so far. Listen, and download here: https://t.co/F96HgIpiAu pic.twitter.com/6EN4KuoWkY
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) April 14, 2021
Last month, Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the bombshell claim that he believes Covid-19 escaped from a lab in the WIV.
“I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and at that moment in time that the virus came to the human, became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”
“It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect the laboratory worker,” he said. “That’s not implying any intentionality. It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.”
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