Friday, May 24, 2024

Fauci Is Still Setting Taxpayer Money On Fire

Anthony Fauci is like a bad penny that keeps turning up. He has said that he will retire in December and that day can’t come soon enough.

Believe it or not, the Eco Health Alliance, that shadowy nonprofit which received grants from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, which Fauci runs, to fund gain-of-function research on bat-borne coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that appears to have ultimately led to the release of the COVID-19 virus, is receiving additional funding from NIAID

For what, you might ask?  Ready? For more Corona bat research in Asia.

Republicans have drafted a letter to Fauci, voicing their concerns over what is an obviously curious decision.

“We have grave concerns that one of your last acts at NIAID is to send even more taxpayer dollars to an organization whose prior involvement in the very same subject may have contributed to a global pandemic,” says the letter.

They also asked what I believe to be a very pertinent question:

“We write seeking information about your decision, including whether anyone at NIH has a financial or other non-official interest in Eco Health continuing to receive taxpayer funds.”

This is a legitimate question. There are countless times when questionable funding has been made to organizations, then it’s discovered later to have ties either directly to a government official or a family member.

In this case not only is the research itself questionable, but we have yet to receive information that was requested concerning funding from Eco Health to the lab in Wuhan.

In the letter it was phrased this way:

“Your decision to fund Eco Health is especially galling because the company continues to stonewall information gathering about the grant-funded work it previously financed at the WIV.”

“NIH has requested all U.S. taxpayer-funded laboratory notebooks and experiment results from Eco Health’s research conducted at the WIV. As of today, however, Eco Health has yet to supply the records sought by NIH.”

“It is outrageous that the results of U.S. taxpayer-funded experiments are unavailable to the U.S. government, particularly when those experiments could shed light on the origins of a virus that has killed more than one million Americans.”

“It is unconscionable that you would choose to continue to fund a company that has violated its NIH grant terms in a manner that helps to keep this valuable information from the U.S. government and American taxpayers.”

“Based on the totality of circumstances surrounding Eco Health and the WIV that have transpired over the past two and a half years, your decision to continue funding this entity is downright shocking,”

The letter addresses serious issues, but will anything come of it? There are too many instances when a blatant waste of taxpayer money is exposed, but then quietly fades into darkness.

Hopefully this time Republicans will follow up a stern letter with some actual action.