A cache of 280 pages of documents from the Department of Health and Human Services was made available to Judicial Watch. The trove of documents is on top of the recent publicized 3200-plus page package made possible through BuzzFeed.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that from 2014 to 2019, $826,277 was given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for bat coronavirus research by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is headed by Biden's coronavirus czar Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The documents, some of which were redacted or withheld in entirety, were obtained via FOIA lawsuit seeking records of communications, contracts, and agreements with the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The agency is only processing 300 pages records per month, which means it will take until the end of November for the records to be reviewed in full and released under FOIA.
These findings are of heightened importance as the mainstream media reverses course on the Wuhan lab leak theory. Establishment journalists have confessed that the press continued to dismiss the theory because former President Donald Trump and prominent Republican figures pitched its probability to the public.
According to Vanity Fair, the theory was made taboo through both The Lancet article masterminded by Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance and muddied by Trump's remarks during press briefings at the White House, circa April 2020.
Jan. 9 - Jan. 29, 2020: The pandemic is still only a blip on the international radar. But this is when NIAID senior scientific advisor Dr. David Morens talked with Daszak about the escalating situation. The possible link between Fauci and the Wuhan Institute of Virology is highlighted.
- "Morens: Hi guys, do any of you have any inside info on this new coronavirus that isn’t yet in the public domain? Or any thoughts?"
- "Daszak: Yes – lots of information and I spoke with Erik Stemmy and Alan Embry yesterday before the news was released. Erik is my program officer on our coronavirus grant specifically focused on China…."
- "Morens: Thanks, the excitement never ends, right?"
- "Daszak: NIAID has been funding coronavirus work in China for the past 5 years … (1R01Al110964: 'Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence'). That's now been renewed … Collaborators include Wuhan Institute of Virology (currently working on the nCoV), and Ralph Baric [of University of North Carolina]."
A specific quote of interest follows, surfacing questions regarding what Fauci knew and when he become aware. The particular reply was made on Jan. 27, 2020:
"Morens: Great info, thanks. Tony doesn't maintain awareness of these things and doesn't know unless program officers tell him, which they rarely do, since they are across town and may not see him more than once a year, or less…Interested in your feeling about where this is going. The experts are buzzing around us are all over the map, between doomsday and not that big a deal, with everything in between."
Jan. 23, 2020: We've established that NIH officials like Melinda Hoskins communicate around what becomes public knowledge.
Linking an article by the Daily Mail, she writes:
"Dr. Fauci will be [briefing] multiple Senators tomorrow morning on our novel coronavirus response at the request of Senator Lamar Alexander, who has an interest in public health matters and China. Would you please confirm the exact nature or our support to the Wuhan Institute of Virology/Biosafety Lab. You'll want to read the Daily Mail article above."
The Peter Daszak EcoHealth Alliance grant was pointed out back on Jan. 23, 2020 in response to Haskins of the NIH. This marks the earliest possible moment that Fauci could have known about the COVID-19 pandemic funding situation as it applies to America's involvement.
April 13, 2020: Emily Erbelding of the NIH is seen informing Fauci about the Daszak grant. "The entire amount of the new Daszak grant (year 6 funded in FY19) is about 3,64 M. The total amount that will go to Wuhan Institute of Virology under this grant will be about $750K ( $76,301 have already been sent to Wuhan in year 1 according to the NOA). The bat sampling work mentioned in the article (during years 2011-2015) was probably supported by years 1-5 of the Daszak grant but could also have been supported by USAID Predict program (which was also funding the Wuhan lab)."
April 14, 2020: A Washington Post article by Josh Rogin is passed around to NIH officials. Marshall Bloom of the NIH adds: "Please send to the HCTF [High Containment Task Force]. Thanks!"
April 15, 2020: Lawrence Tabak of the NIH flags comments by Rep. Matt Gaetz for criticizing NIH regarding funding of the Wuhan laboratory's bat research.
Tabak provides details of the grant to Daszak for project "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence." Tabak says: "The 3.7M dollar figure is over 6 years to all sites which include (several in) China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. We estimate that approximately $826,300 has been spent at this site since the inception of the grant. Yearly costs appear to be about 80K/year. The grant is in year 6 of a total of 10 year."
Today, the White House stood by supporting Fauci in the midst of the situation.