Fauci doles out MORE taxpayer money to ‘mad scientists’ tied to Wuhan lab, GOP demands answers

Congressional Republicans are seeking answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci over the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ decision to hand yet another large-dollar grant to the EcoHealth Alliance.

As previously reported, last month the NIAID bestowed EcoHealth Alliance with yet another grant to study bat viruses. This raised serious concerns given EcoHealth Alliance’s disturbing ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

NIAID issued its first grant to EcoHealth Alliance in 2014. EcoHealth then forwarded some of that money to the Wuhan institute. The problem is that the evidence suggests the money was then used to perform controversial “gain of function” research — the exact type of research that some suspect was responsible for COVID.

The grant was subsequently suspended in 2020 because of COVID. Yet two years later, NIAID is back to awarding the EcoHealth Alliance with more money to again study bat viruses?

In a letter sent Thursday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, and House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan demanded an explanation.

“You awarded this new grant to EcoHealth despite NIAID’s parent agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), finding that EcoHealth had failed to comply with the terms of previous coronavirus grants and even canceling a subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) for potentially dangerous research that may have contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Republicans wrote.

“We have grave concerns that one of your last acts at NIAID is to send even more taxpayer dollars to an organization whose prior involvement in the very same subject may have contributed to a global pandemic. We write seeking information about your decision, including whether anyone at NIH has a financial or other non-official interest in EcoHealth continuing to receive taxpayer funds,” they added.

Notice what they wrote about “anyone” having a “financial” interest in EcoHealth continuing to receive grant money.

As also recently reported, Fauci’s own net worth soared by $5 million to a high of $12.6 million while he was pushing for lockdowns and other diktats during the height of the COVID pandemic. Moreover, Fauci is close associates with EcoHealth Alliance chief Peter Daszak.

Scalise, Comer, and Jordan continued their letter by highlighting the way EcoHealth Alliance has been stonewalling NIH investigators.

“Your decision to fund EcoHealth is especially galling because the company continues to stonewall information gathering about the grant-funded work it previously financed at the WIV. NIH has requested all U.S. taxpayer-funded laboratory notebooks and experiment results from EcoHealth’s research conducted at the WIV. As of today, however, EcoHealth has yet to supply the records sought by NIH,” they wrote.

“EcoHealth has been hiding these WIV-conducted experiments and records from scrutiny by violating transparency requirements of its grant from NIH. Specifically, the company failed to include ‘all requirements imposed by the pass-through entity on the subrecipient so that the Federal award is used in accordance with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the Federal award,'” they added.

The three aren’t the only ones seeking to hold Fauci and crew accountable. So is Rep. Joni Ernst. Earlier this week she released a statement demanding that the NIAID stop handing grants to EcoHealth Alliance.

“Because EcoHealth broke federal laws, withheld evidence, and conducted dangerous research in unsafe conditions, this group should never be trusted to put its hands on taxpayer dollars or bats ever again,” she said.

“Let’s defund EcoHealth and launch a real scientific investigation to find out once and for all what was really happening in Wuhan, China so the same mistakes are never repeated again,” the Republican congresswoman added.

In addition, Ernst joined several of her peers — including Sen. Roger Marshall and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler and Lisa McClain — in sending a letter to the NIH demanding it stop giving money to EcoHealth Alliance.

“We write regarding the recent decision by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to resume funding to the EcoHealth Alliance Inc. (EcoHealth) over the next five years to conduct more dangerous experiments on coronaviruses collected from bats, beginning with an initial payment of $653,392 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2022. This announcement is deeply concerning given EcoHealth’s lengthy history of reporting failures and collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV),” this letter reads.

“Given the strong bipartisan opposition to EcoHealth’s research and the federal government’s noted compliance failures by the organization, we request that you end this grant relationship with EcoHealth to protect taxpayer funding and end dangerous experiments that jeopardize public health.”

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