There's more vindication for the many of us that rightfully do not trust Dr. Fauci. A top NIH official admitted in a letter that taxpayers funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, EcoHealth Alliance funneled NIH money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and they were not transparent about the work they doing.
In the letter to Representative James Comer (R., Ky.), Lawrence A. Tabak of the NIH cites
"A “limited experiment” that was conducted to test if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
The laboratory mice infected with the modified bat virus “became sicker” than those infected with the unmodified bat virus.
Rand Paul famously accused Fauci of misleading Congress by denying that the tax payer dollars funded gain-of-function experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Tabak avoids the term, though the work he described matches its commonplace definition precisely. An EcoHealth grant proposal filed with NIAID had already exposed that $599,000 of the total grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology was for research designed to make viruses more dangerous and/or infectious.
Tabak also revealed that they failed to comply with its reporting responsibilities. They were required to submit to a “secondary review” in the event of developments that might increase the danger associated with the research. When Wuhan researchers successfully bound a natural bat coronavirus to a human AC2 receptor in mice, they never reported it. Eco Health now has five days to submit to NIH “any and all unpublished data” relating to this project for compliance purposes.