(RepublicanInformer.com)- In 2012 while writing about a temporary pause on gain-of-function research, Dr. Anthony Fauci brought up the “unlikely but conceivable turn of events” where a scientist becomes infected with a virus that leads to an outbreak and possible pandemic – asking if the benefits from the research outweighed that kind of risk.
Fauci’s answer was yes. The benefits do outweigh the risk.
Fauci’s remarks came after the National Institutes of Health placed a pause on gain-of-function research into the H5N1 influenza virus. At the time, Fauci commended the NIH for this voluntary pause.
Then in 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) instituted a 3-year pause on funding for gain-of-function experiments involving influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in large part to prevent the very “risks” Fauci believed were worth it.
But while the funding may have stopped, the research in Wuhan continued apace.
In 2015, Nature Medicine reported that scientists had succeeded in creating a “spike protein” on coronavirus that made this lab-manipulated coronavirus impervious to vaccine. And one of the scientists involved in the project was the infamous “Bat Lady” of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Zheng-li Shi.
In 2016 the “Bat Lady” published another paper that documented the creation of a SARS-like virus engineered to include an extra protein that prevented the body from producing interferon – something necessary in fighting viral infection.
It is theorized that the reason such a manipulated SARS-like virus infects young people at a lower rate than older people is because the young naturally produce more interferon than the old.
Last week, when over 3,000 pages of Fauci’s emails were released by Buzzfeed, it was discovered that Fauci was privately discussing in emails both gain-of-function research and funding, as well as COVID-19’s “unusual features” that look “potentially engineered.”
Between the revelations in those emails and the current shift in focus on the lab-leak theory, questions are now being raised as to why Fauci was so publicly emphatic that COVID-19 could not possibly have originated from the Wuhan lab.
Was Dr. Fauci engaging in a cover-up?
And more importantly, does he still believe the “benefits” of a possible lab leak outweigh the “risks?”