Rugby2023 wrote: ↑Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:30 pm
So it's now admitted the NIH, led by Fauci, funded Wuhan lab for bat coronavirus research to study whether bat coronaviruses could transmit to humans but Fauci claims this did not include gain of function research which coincidentally involves making bat coronaviruses more transmissible to humans.
Fauci chose China because...
Fauci added: “You don’t want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species.”
So? Fauci is 100% correct in what he said there.
This narrative to besmirch Fauci is an interesting one and is led by the usual political suspects here in the US.
Let's clarify a few things. Firstly, Fauci does not
lead the NIH. Francis Collins does. Fauci heads NIAID, a division within the NIH. Secondly, Fauci does not and cannot award NIH grants unilaterally. There is a process of peer review (3 reviewers), followed by a full review by a specific committee of subject area experts (up to 20 people) where the grant is weighed on its merits. Fauci may not even have been involved in this process as the area of research is outside of his area of expertise (I know my NIH grants are not reviewed by the head of the NIH division I submit to, because of that reason). Thirdly, the grant in question awarded in 2014 to Peter Daszak was for 6 years at a little over 600K per annum. A reasonably large grant in the context of things, but an insignificant amount when you consider the NIH budget and the annual budget of the Wuhan Institute. I don't know how the 600K per annum was split between the ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE, INC and the Wuhan Virology Institute, but it certainly was not 100%. Then we come to the grant in question and it's stated Aims. For those interested you can read the layperson's summary here:
https://reporter.nih.gov/search/xHUyGPD ... ls/9491676
You can agree that the Aims seem meritorious and given the context of both the MERS and SARS outbreaks, research that need to be funded and funded, with a collaborating US partner, to one of the global experts in studying bat viruses at an institute ideally positioned to do that work.
Whether SARS-Cov2 came from the Wuhan Virology Institute is unknown, but to insinuate that Fauci is somehow culpable for the Covid-19 pandemic is grade A fücking nonsense.