The National Institute of Health’s Office of Inspector General issued a shocking but also scathing report noting the agency failed to effectively monitor funding for research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.
“Despite identifying potential risks associated with research being performed under the EcoHealth awards, we found that NIH did not effectively monitor or take timely action to address EcoHealth’s compliance with some requirements,” the Inspector General report says. “Although NIH and EcoHealth had established monitoring procedures, we found deficiencies in complying with those procedures limited NIH and EcoHealth’s ability to effectively monitor Federal grant awards and subawards to understand the nature of the research conducted, identify potential problem areas, and take corrective action.”
Despite consistent denials by Dr. Anthony Fauci, for several years the EcoHealth Alliance paid out millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the WIV to finance virus research involving the use of bats. Basically, the NIH and the EcoHealth Alliance knew the risks or hazards associated with the gain-of-function research they were involved with when partnering with the Chinese laboratory, but went ahead with it anyway. After they were caught, the NIH then accused the EcoHealth Alliance of misreporting what they did.
Now that Republicans control the House, earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that congressional Republicans have “commissioned a special investigative panel focused on the coronavirus pandemic, hoping to leverage their new, powerful majority to press scientists and federal officials about the origin of the public health crisis and the government’s response to it,”
“The panel, officially named as the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, essentially replaces a Democrat-led legislative body that had focused its work on monitoring emergency coronavirus aid for fraud. Under Republicans, it does not yet have a leader, but it is expected to hold its first hearing in February,” The Post goes on to point out.
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