(JustPatriots.com)- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) made a huge admission to federal legislators. At Chinese scientists’ request, the agency withheld the early genome sequences of COVID-19.
NIH Acting Director Lawrence Tabak informed a House Appropriations subcommittee that the data from a facility in Wuhan, China, where the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 initially developed had been eliminated from public view. According to reports, Tabak noted that researchers can still access it via an archaic tape drive.
The admission came after a news article on Jesse D. Bloom, an evolutionary biologist who wanted to dig deep and unearth the truth regarding the Wuhan Lab and the virus. Bloom prepared a scholarly article and gave it to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top immunologist in the United States, igniting a firestorm.
Bloom observed that several early SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequences cited in a publication from China had suddenly gone without a trace. Sequences, which map the nucleotides that give a virus its unique genetic identity, are crucial for determining when the virus first appeared and how it developed. Their disappearance, according to Bloom, raises the probability that the Chinese government is attempting to conceal proof of the pandemic’s early spread, according to reports.
Media reports said Bloom pieced together evidence and discovered that the NIH had erased the sequences from its collection at the request of Wuhan researchers.
He was now hopeful that Fauci and his supervisor, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, might assist him in identifying other missing sequences.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) questioned NIH Acting Director Lawrence Tabak during the House hearing on why US health officials would agree with China’s desire to keep the genome sequences hidden, reports say. Tabak acknowledged that communication concerning the sequence archive, or Sequence Read Archive, could have been better. He claimed that the archive did not erase the sequence; it just did not make it available for investigation. He also stated that researchers could still get to the original sequences if they would like.
This isn’t the first Wuhan lab scandal. According to documents previously obtained by investigative media, US health officials indirectly funded so-called “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab. It included the modification of three bat coronaviruses distinct from COVID-19 and the discovery that when human-type receptors were added to them, they became much more infectious among “humanized” mice. Officials in the United States have disputed that funds were used for “gain of function” research.