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NIH knew Wuhan lab enhanced bat coronavirus years earlier than officials testified, grantee says ^ | Updated: November 10, 2021 - 11:47pm | By Greg Piper

Posted on 11/11/2021 7:31:06 AM PST by Red Badger

EcoHealth Alliance documentation of 2018 submission casts doubt on agency's representation to Congress.


Ataxpayer-funded nonprofit is contradicting the National Institutes of Health on when it notified the agency that China's Wuhan Institute of Virology unintentionally enhanced a bat coronavirus, raising the possibility that top public health officials made false statements to Congress.

EcoHealth Alliance spokesperson Robert Kessler shared a screenshot from its account on the NIH eRA Commons website for grantees, showing it submitted its "year four" report April 13, 2018.

Kessler also provided Just the News with a video recording of EcoHealth searching its NIH account for the bat research grant application's serial number and principal investigator, Peter Daszak, the president and public face of EcoHealth. (Only the account owner can do this, Kessler said.)

When the Research Performance Progress Report menu is pulled up for the "budget start date" entry of June 1, 2018, it shows the report's due date was April 15 of that year and that it was "submitted to agency." The "routing history" tab shows chief of staff Aleskei Chmura submitted it two days earlier.

File 02 eRA Commons Year 4 Report Submission Date.pdf NIH Director Francis Collins and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci have repeatedly told Congress the agency didn't fund "gain-of-function" research, which makes viruses more dangerous.

But last month Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak told Rep. James Comer, House Oversight Committee ranking Republican, that the Wuhan lab unexpectedly made mice "sicker" with a modified bat coronavirus than with the original.

He passed the buck to EcoHealth for allegedly hiding the results of this "limited experiment" for more than three years, violating the terms of the grant, which required the nonprofit to "immediately" report any "one log [tenfold] increase in growth."

The results were only reported in EcoHealth's fifth and final progress report to NIH two months earlier "in response to NIH's compliance enforcement efforts," Tabak claimed, and EcoHealth had been ordered to submit all unpublished data from its grant-funded work within 5 days.

Kessler said he made the video recording of the search for the report's submission date "just a couple weeks ago so that we could prove our claims." He said the NIH incorrectly lists 2020 as the submission date of its year-four report.

VIDEO AT LINK...........

NIH spokesperson Amanda Fine responded to a Just the News query about whether Tabak's representation to Congress was false or just misunderstood in light of EcoHealth's documentation, but did not provide an answer by deadline.

EcoHealth told Science the day after Tabak's letter that it reported the unexpected lab result "as soon as we were made aware, in our year 4 report in April 2018." Daszak formally responded to Tabak's allegations in an Oct. 26 letter to Deputy Director of Extramural Research Michael Lauer.

"EcoHealth did in fact comply with all reporting requirements," because the 2018 experiment cited in the fifth report is the same one "reported rapidly to NIH on 13th April 2018 in our Year 4 report," he wrote. "Proof of submission on that date is attached."

Kessler shared the screenshot and video with Just the News when asked for that proof, and said he had shared it with other reporters. The only one who posted it was apparently investigative journalist Katherine Eban, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, on Oct. 22.

"At no time did program staff indicate to us that this work required further clarification or secondary review," Daszak told Lauer. "In fact, our report was deemed sufficient for the Year 5 to be awarded without delay."

Comer's committee spokesperson didn't respond to a query from Just the News about whether EcoHealth's documentation suggests NIH officials made false claims to Congress, or if Comer had followed up.

The House Oversight Committee Republicans tweeted in response to Tabak's letter that NIH was "lied to" by Daszak, who "hid" the research from the government.

Richard Ebright, lab director at Rutgers University's Waskman Institute of Microbiology, had a different reaction to Tabak's letter at the time. "The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021," and Collins, Fauci and Tabak "lied to Congress," he tweeted.

Neither Comer nor the Oversight Republicans appear to have publicly responded to EcoHealth's rebuttal to Tabak's allegations.

Comer and Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Rep. Jim Jordan called on the Justice Department to investigate whether EcoHealth violated federal law by "failing to disclose information after using taxpayer funds to perform gain-of-function research."

Their Oct. 27 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland doesn't mention Daszak's Oct. 26 response to NIH.

The next week, Comer and Sen. Rand Paul asked Collins about changes made to NIH's webpage titled "Gain-of-Function Research Involving Potential Pandemic Pathogens" seemingly the same day Tabak wrote to Comer.

"Gain-of-Function" was removed from the heading, and the gain-of-function section removed entirely, "on or about" Oct. 20, they said. An Oct. 19 archive shows the original page, whose URL now redirects to a different one without the string "gain-function."

The lawmakers asked for the identities of NIH or other federal officials who authorized the changes and any related internal communications.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2018; 201804; 20180413; 202110; 20211022; 20211027; aleskeichmura; bat; chmura; covid19; daszak; eban; ecohealth; eecohealthalliance; evan; gainoffunction; gof; katherineeban; tabak

1 posted on 11/11/2021 7:31:06 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Aside from Rand Paul, no Republicans seem to think anything is wrong here.

2 posted on 11/11/2021 7:33:07 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Alec Baldwin has killed more people than the Jan 6 protesters. And he will serve less jail time.)
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3 posted on 11/11/2021 7:35:02 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Aside from Rand Paul, no Republicans seem to think anything is wrong here.

Same for the millions illegally walking into our country via the Southern border. Do they think we don't care, what explains the lack of effort from the GOP?

4 posted on 11/11/2021 7:36:53 AM PST by 1Old Pro (Let's make crime illegal again!)
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To: Red Badger

So, they had it for years. Probably moved from the North Carolina lab that previously had been researching it.

Or.... Do we still believe the it was bat soup?

What procedures changed so that it was “accidently” released in late 2019? What evidence do we have of ‘accidental release’ as opposed to on purpose? What breakdown occurred at the lab that was researching it? What other breakdowns in containment have been observed? When will it happen again, statistically?

Anybody here that believes it was an accidental release, feel free to give some idea about the above questions. They used to say: first time is happenstance, second time is coincidence, third time is enemy action. From a political point of view, the 1992 (incumbent republican) real estate market crash, 2008 Stock market crash, and 2020 Pandemic are look suspicious.

5 posted on 11/11/2021 8:08:35 AM PST by Pete Dovgan
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To: Pete Dovgan
I question the so called date of released.. or so called ‘first’ identified case.. I further believe this plague would have been unleashed regardless of who was president. That old bag woman, Hillry, would have used the plague to her great benefit.. she after all invented the ‘reset’ button when she was kicking up her heels with the Russians. Fauci was in love with Hillry as evidenced by his communications to her..

What these sickos are intent on accomplishing is gain total control.. They have completely corrupted all pillars of a civil society.. politics, economy, education, and last but not least religion.. And the GOPe are as corrupt as the self identified progressive democrats.

6 posted on 11/11/2021 8:20:09 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Psalm 2. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Where is the list of Republicans with stock in the companies producing mRNA?

7 posted on 11/11/2021 8:38:23 AM PST by ptsal (Vote R.E.D. >>>Remove Every Democrat ***)
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To: Just mythoughts

I tend to agree.

The standard thinking on “why biowarfare is bad” is that a germ that you give to your enemy will eventually come and get you too. If you devastate your enemy, you also devastate yourself. So, germ warfare is a bad idea.

But what happens if the bioweapon is pretty much the sniffles? Maybe it kills old, sick people living in nursing homes. Maybe a lot of people get it and don’t even know they have it — they need to be tested in order to find out. Pretty weak bioweapon, huh?

But, if the politicians are in on the game — if the politicians can be counted on to handle the epidemic as badly as possible — then you can politically, economically, psychologically devastate your enemy, and the only blow-back you really get in your home country is pretty much the sniffles.

I think the Globalists played this one well. Getting rid of Trump was a bonus for them, but they could have done this with Hillary in office too.

8 posted on 11/11/2021 8:52:27 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Alec Baldwin has killed more people than the Jan 6 protesters. And he will serve less jail time.)
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To: Red Badger

What the hell is wrong in the minds of people who take a dangerous virus that does not affect humans and play with it to make it infect humans like Dr. Fauci? There is something demented in them that causes them to do such a thing. They have to be addle-minded.

9 posted on 11/11/2021 3:17:57 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent (LKL)
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To: Red Badger


10 posted on 11/11/2021 3:18:52 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: maxwellsmart_agent


11 posted on 11/12/2021 5:28:27 AM PST by Red Badger (Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.....................)
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