A video of Anthony Fauci from December 17, 2012 was aired by Fox News’ Steve Hilton, which showed Fauci explaining “gain-of-function” research and directly stating that those types of experiments were funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at that time, and continued to be funded through 2020, despite moratoriums on such research.
This startling revelation shows that Fauci lied to Congress, and that NIH Director Francis Collins has repeatedly lied to the public in interviews.
The video, which shows a 2012 conference in which a “framework” for conducting gain-of-function research in the United States was being debated, depicted Fauci defining gain-of-function for the attendees.
Fauci first described “natural” gain-of-function, in which investigators are tasked with examining the changes in a virus after it has mutated naturally. Then he says:
“What historically investigators have done is actually create gain-of-function by making mutations, passage adaptation, or other newer genetic techniques such as reverse genetics and genetic reassortment…
But the bottom line is that gain and loss of function research is critical to understanding disease pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, and host responses, as well as to developing better techniques of surveillance, vaccines, and therapeutics.”
Fauci then went on to explain what kinds of research falls under the category of “gain-of-function” for the purposes of federal grants and the government moratorium on research.
“Specifically…what we’re talking about now is the gain-of-function research in studies that increased predominantly the transmissibility, increase the pathogenicity, and/or alter the host range of these viruses.
If you give a gain of function of a pathogenic virus to make it more transmissible, that’s a whole different story than some of the other things we faced.”
In the context of Fauci’s statement, transmissibility refers to making the disease easier to spread from person to person, pathogenicity refers to the ability to cause harm or disease, and altering the host range refers to increasing the number of species that can be effected by the virus.
As reported by Red State: “In 2015, results of an NIH-funded study spearheaded by Dr. Ralph Baric at UNC-Chapel Hill and Dr. Shi [Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology] created a new coronavirus… How did they do that? Reverse genetics.”
According to Red State, that NIH study states: “Using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system, we generated and characterized a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone.”
Basically, using reverse genetics they were able to engineer a virus which “grew equally well to SARS in human cells,” as stated by Dr. Baric in an interview with Vice that year. An important feature of the coronavirus they generated was a “novel,” meaning new, spike protein. The study also noted that immune-therapeutic and preventative modalities that were available at the time were not very effective against the virus, and vaccine approaches “failed to neutralize and protect from infection.”
This sounds eerily like the research led to increased pathogenicity of the virus. In 2014, Baric was asked by the NIH to pause this research because of the federal moratorium… Until Dr. Fauci somehow gave him permission to continue.
Not only did Fauci allow Baric’s research to continue, he also approved a $3.7 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, $500,000 of which was sent to Wuhan. That grant was given in June of 2014, while the moratorium was in place, for a study titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” Here is a description of its purpose:
“This project seeks to understand what factors allow animal Coronaviruses to evolve and jump into the human population by studying virus diversity in a critical group of animals (bats), at sites of high risk for emergence (wildlife markets) in an emerging disease hotspot (China).”
One of their methods for the study is mentioned in the abstract:
“Predictive models of host range (i.e. emergence potential) will be tested experimentally using reverse genetics….”
So, that study focused on the “host range” using “reverse genetics,” both of which are criteria for “gain-of-function,” according to Fauci.
The funding for that grant was revoked by then-President Donald Trump in April of 2020, but according to Red State, he was “bullied into restoring it in July 2020. Permission to resume the research has not been granted, though, until EcoHealth Alliance can meet certain biosafety criteria. (As of February 2021 EHA had not met that criteria.)”
Fauci can’t escape his past forever, sooner or later it will come back to haunt him. Likely, when he is no longer useful to the Democrats and the mainstream media, they will turn on him and act surprised as they report this information that conservatives have been talking about for so long.