Monday, July 18, 2022

There were warnings about the gain-of-function work at Wuhan

NIH, NIAID officials repeatedly expressed concern about 'gain-of-function' experiments being conducted at Wuhan lab: Emails]]

Officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) expressed concern about "gain-of-function" experiments at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2016, according to newly-surfaced government emails.

Watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 1,651 pages of records from the NIH through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. Emails show that NIH officials warned that EcoHealth Alliance could be conducting “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan lab, and there was reportedly an FBI "inquiry" into the concerns. 

In an email dated May 22, 2020, Ashley Sanders – a senior investigations officer in the NIH Division of Program Integrity – emailed David A. Miller – an FBI agent from the Newark Field Office. While most of the email is redacted, the subject line includes: "Grant Questions – FBI Inquiry," and a reference to NIH grant award R01AI110964 – “Understanding the Risk 

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