Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute for Health (NIH) and the direct boss of Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted during an interview with Hugh Hewitt that NIH funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab in China in order to “categorize viruses that they could isolate from bats in Chinese caves.”
Collins admission is a major blow to Fauci’s continuous stand that the U.S. had not collaborated with the Wuhan lab on gain-of-function research.
FRANCIS COLLINS: – “Well, we, when we give a grant, Hugh, it has terms attached to it of what it is that the grantee is supposed to be doing with those funds. And we require annual reports to see whether that in fact is what they have been doing. And we trust the grantee to be honest and not deceptive. The grant funds that went to Wuhan, which were a subcontract from Eco Health, were very specifically aimed to try to categorize viruses that they could isolate from bats in Chinese caves, which we had a good reason to want to know more about, given SARS and MERS that had come out of there. And so we basically had those criteria attached to the grant. And of course, the amount of money that we were providing to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, I’m sure, was a tiny fraction of their total funding. And we had no control over what else they were doing with those funds. That’s another thing we’d like to know more about, and an investigation might potentially tell us.”
During a recent Senate hearing, Fauci was recorded saying to Senator Rand Paul that “with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not never and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
In a May 19 statement to Fact Checker, NIH said: