WaPo Columnist: Fauci “Wrong” to Refute NIH Money Sent to Wuhan

On Tuesday, Josh Rogin, a Washington Post journalist, stated that Dr. Anthony Fauci was wrong to deny any funding made by the National Institutes of Health to the gain of function research in the lab in Wuhan. 

WaPo Josh Rogin made a bold statement against Fauci

Josh Rogin is a Washington Post columnist who stood out for his reporting about the possibility that COVID-19 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China; he also made a bold statement against Fauci on Tuesday.

Rogin stated that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is wrong to deny that funding was made by the organization to gain of function research. 

The remarks made by Rogin were made after the fiery exchange between Senator Rand Paul and Fauci in the Senate hearing on Tuesday. In the hearing, Fauci angrily said that the senator does not know what he was talking about. However, Rogin claimed that the White House medical adviser was merely playing word games. 

The Washington Post columnist tweeted, backing up Paul. He wrote that Paul was right and that the White House Medical Adviser was wrong. He added that the NIAID was indeed funding gain of function research in the laboratory in Wuhan.

However, NIAID pretended that the funding they made did not meet the definition of “gain of function” research; this happened in order to ultimately circumvent their own oversight mechanism.

After being widely dismissed last year that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory, the lab leak theory is gaining more credibility.

Recently, more attention is given to the funding given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, widely known for its coronavirus research with bats. They are also recognized for the gain of function research, which includes manipulating viruses in order to make them more infectious. 

Fauci repeatedly denied any funding into the gain of function research for Wuhan Institute of Virology

On the other hand, Fauci, director of NIAID, repeatedly denied any funding went to the gain of function research in Wuhan.

However, according to data, the organization gave millions of dollars in grant money to a research nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance; this nonprofit thereafter funneled at least $600,000 fund to the research laboratory in Wuhan, China. 

During his questioning of Fauci at the Senate hearing, Paul cited research in 2017 written by Dr. Shi Zhengli, also known as the “bat lady.” According to the research, Zhengli took bat coronavirus genes in order to create new viruses that cannot be found in nature. 

Meanwhile, last May, the spokesman of NIAID, James Freeman, adamantly denied that the organization funded gain of function research. However, he acknowledged the fact that he is not sure of what the Wuhan laboratory is up to at all times. 

The NIAID spokesman stated that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a Chinese institution. However, he added that they are assuming it receives multiple sources of funding. Freeman further noted that it is impossible for them to be aware, nor can they account for all the laboratory activities in Wuhan.