NIH official admits US taxpayers unknowingly funded Wuhan Institute

by ian

Last week, an official of the National Institutes of Health told lawmakers for the first time that the US had been funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The admission from principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak was in stark contrast to rhetoric from the NIH from 2020-2024. Health officials dodged claims of the US funding controversial research aimed at making viruses more infectious. Dr. Anthony Fauci in 2021 outright denied the claim during one of his many heated exchanges with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Republicans have often accused Fauci and other officials of playing semantic games with the definition of gain-of-function. According to the New York Post, the NIH in 2021 scrubbed its long-standing definition of gain-of-function research from its website.