Mr. Fauci once opposed the directive to cancel funding for research related to Wuhan Laboratories

Mr. Fauci once opposed the directive to cancel funding for research related to Wuhan Laboratories

Lawmakers in the US Congress are reacting to newly revealed reports that in the early days of the epidemic, Dr Anthony Fauci wanted to fight President Trump’s order to cancel a research grant controversy from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to an organization affiliated with the Wuhan Virus Institute in April 2020.

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In the book titled, “Nightmare Scenario: The Trump Administration’s Inside Response to the Pandemic That Changed History,” Abutaleb and Paletta describe the behind-the-scenes details of how Fauci and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health respond to White House requests.

In April 2020, President Trump issued an order directing Fauci and the National Institutes of Health to cut funding for a study examining how coronaviruses passed from infected bats to humans, after it was found to be linked. related to the laboratory in Wuhan, which is suspected of leaking the virus.

Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, initially resisted the White House directive to EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that was conducting research on the coronavirus and previously worked with Wuhan lab.

Fauci then replied to the White House that he “It is unlikely that the NIH actually has the authority to terminate a grant in the middle of the budget cycle.”

He then “reluctantly agreed” to the move, according to the book.

However, in June 2020, during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Mr. Fauci said the remaining subsidy, worth $370,000, had been “cancelled because the NIH was required to do so. requested to do so” and he “didn’t know the reasoning” behind the White House’s cancellation, when Texas Democrat Marc Veasey questioned during the hearing why the Trump administration had cut off NIH funding. for EcoHealth.

Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee compared the excerpt from the book to Fauci’s June 2020 comments to Congress and are repeating calls for an investigation into the origins of the virus and the firing of Mr. Fauci.

“Mr Fauci is so obsessed with maintaining his own relevance and downplaying President Trump’s role in fighting this crisis that he’s once again caught lying.”, Representative Buddy Carter told Fox News.

“We need a leader to fight the pandemic and to investigate the origin of the pandemic, someone who is more interested in the truth than in his own PR campaign. It’s time for Mr. Fauci to go.” Congressman Carter continued.

House Minority Leader Steve Scalise said: “There are many questions that remain open and can only be answered by a full congressional investigation.”

“It’s hard to understand when [Chủ tịch Hạ viện] Nancy Pelosi refuses to authorize any formal investigation into the origins of COVID. he said and added that “Without a truly full and transparent investigation … we cannot get the answers the American people deserve.” However, he said the National Assembly “will not stop working to find the truth.”

Scalise and more than 200 House Republicans have called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to direct committee chairmen to investigate the origins of the virus and dedicate congressional investigative resources to review claims that The coronavirus pandemic stemmed from a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which the Chinese Communist Party attempted to cover up.

Representative Markwayne Mullin (Republican, Oklahoma) calls the discrepancy between Mr. Fauci’s explanations and the quote in the book as “very interesting,” say that “shows the importance of a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19.”

He said: “We owe the American people answers about how the pandemic came about and what and when did Dr. Fauci know?”

Texas Congressman Michael Burgess said he was concerned about early reports of COVID-19 when it was described as a new pneumonia virus in December 2019 and in February 2020 he “calls on Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings to ensure that America is prepared if the virus reaches our shores and that we understand exactly where it came from.” this virus.”

Burgess said: “Clearly over the past year, we’ve learned a lot about this virus, and we’ve also seen experts’ interpretations change over time.” “Dr Fauci should be given the opportunity to come before the committee again to give an account, under oath, in a more complete context of the criticisms attributed to him over the past year.”

The NIH’s decision to fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s research is a matter of contention between Fauci and some Republican lawmakers.

Senator Rand Paul and others have alleged that Fauci knew scientists at the Wuhan lab were conducting “increased function” research on the virus – an allegation Mr. negate.

Tien Minh (according to Fox News)

See more:

  • TNS Rand Paul: Remove Dr. Fauci from positions of power

  • Fauci: The theory that the corona virus leaked from the laboratory has “very, very, very, very low probability”


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