These Fauci revelations have led to a complete misunderstanding among scientists
A DECISION BASED ON A CONSPIRACY THEORY
The cancellation came after it was revealed that EcoHealth Alliance was conducting this research in collaboration with a Chinese virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), working on bat coronaviruses. The institute soon found itself at the center of a conspiracy theory supported by several members of the US federal government that the virus did not come from a wet market in Wuhan but rather from one of its research laboratories.
At an April 17 briefing on coronaviruses, a reporter asked why the United States would give a subsidy to China in the context of the pandemic, where rumors were circulating about the origin of the virus. Trump said, “We’re going to end the subsidy very soon. “The grant finally ended April 24, when the NIH told the EcoHealth Alliance that it did not believe that “the current project results are consistent with the program’s goals and the agency’s priorities.
IT WAS “THE MOST COUNTERPRODUCTIVE THING IMAGINABLE”.
This decision was of course condemned by many scientists, as there was no evidence to support the theory that the virus had escaped from a laboratory. For Gerald Keusch, former director of the NIH’s Fogarty International Center, the cancellation of funding for this study represents “the most counterproductive thing imaginable,” while Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth, considers it “a clear case of political interference” following the Fauci revelations.
“Ultimately, we will all know the poor truth about how a conspiracy theory fuelled by this administration led the director of the National Institute of Health to block the only American research group still working in China to analyze the origins of COVID,” he wrote.
Source : The Independent