“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic? Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario—however remote—should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?”
The writer is Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in “Research on Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus: The Way Forward,” published in 2012. The research in question was “gain of function” (GOF) which according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy, has “the potential to enhance the pathogenicity or transmissibility of potential pandemic pathogens (PPPs)” and has thus “raised biosafety and biosecurity concerns.”
In his 2012 paper, Dr. Fauci cited the risks of such research being transferred from a “world-class laboratory” to “another scientist who does not have the same training and facilities and is not subject to the same regulations.” Those concerned about GOF risks cannot take the scientific community “at our word” and “nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest.” That leaves the crucial question of whether “these experiments should have been performed in the first place.”
For Fauci, such concerns must be addressed “thoughtfully and respectfully” and the domestic and global risks “must be discussed and understood by multiple stakeholders, including the general public, and all decisions regarding such research must be made in a transparent manner.”
As Talha Birk noted in The Lancet, the National Institutes of Health banned GOF research in 2014 but revived it in 2017 over the objection of many scientists. By that time the National Institutes of Health, and the State Department had approved as a collaborator the Wuhan Institute of Virology. As a subsidiary of China’s Communist dictatorship, the WIR is not subject to American regulations and not accountable to the American public.
Despite these concerns, the NIH funded the Wuhan lab. The amount of money is a matter of dispute, but it is clear that the funds were channeled through NIAID and funded research on coronaviruses that originated in bats and can affect humans. The whole process violated the concerns Fauci raised in 2012.
GOF research had not ceased to enhance the transmissibility of a virus and raise biosecurity concerns. Such research had indeed been transferred to another lab, not subject to the same training, and not accountable to the American public. In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Fauci’s previous demand for transparency is nowhere in evidence and his concerns for “domestic and global” risks had disappeared. The NIAID boss fails to wonder if any of this should have been “performed or published” in the first place.
It is evident that there was an outbreak and global pandemic. In the USA, Fauci led the charge for a lockdown that crushed a booming economy and caused massive suffering and death. “It’s inconvenient from a societal standpoint, from an economic standpoint to go through this,” Fauci said in March, “but this is going to be the answer to our problems.” Voters might wonder who he means by “our.”
Democrats deployed the pandemic to order widespread voting by mail. That placed ballots in the care of a government union that endorsed Joe Biden. In key areas, most if not all the mail ballots were for Joe Biden, a statistical impossibility.
There was also no requirement for voter identification, no deadline for “harvesting” ballots, concealment of counting procedures, massive voting by illegals plus widespread delays and irregularities. This confirmed the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” hailed by Joe Biden in an October 24 video. On November 2, Biden said he would “hire” Fauci, billed by establishment media as the nation’s top infectious diseases expert.
Fauci is a medical doctor but his bio shows no advanced degrees in molecular biology. His prophecy that AIDS would ravage the heterosexual population was completely wrong, and he savaged Peter Duesberg, professor of cell biology at UC Berkeley, one of the top virologists in the world, and author of Inventing the AIDS Virus. Despite his many mistakes, Fauci remains at the helm of NIAID after 36 years, in effect a powerful politician who never has to face the voters.
If legislators want the whole truth they need to put Dr. Fauci under oath and grill him on those 2012 concerns about the dangers of GOF, the possibility that a lab outbreak could launch a global pandemic, and the need for transparency in all decisions. Where was the transparency in 2020?
What were the processes involved in the decision to fund the Wuhan lab? What did Fauci know, and when did he know it? Voters have a right to know, and they may be certain that such a hearing would never happen under a Biden administration.
Fauci would continue as the super-spreader for white coat supremacy while Beto O’Rourke takes away the people’s guns and AOC helps implement the green new deal, an economic suicide note. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.