Fox News ignores own reporter: NIH paid China to develop virus
by Mike Nichols, Publisher | February 1, 2021 | 10:37 a.m.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, became the face of the Trump administration's CCP virus fight. Now it appears he is much more so, in a very sinister and alarming way. (Photo: NIH)
Sunday night, Fox News' Steve Hilton dropped another bombshell regarding U.S. involvement in the development of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Last week, the Sunday night host aired information that, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, over $3.7 million to the Wuhan lab where the virus originated. Hilton's investigative reporting team has since uncovered the fact that NIH sent over $2 million directly to the Wuhan Virology Lab to reverse-engineer bat viruses to study their capability of developing aerosol — through the air — transmission.
This week's show reported that Fauci, going directly against a moratorium on such research imposed by the Obama administration in October 2014, subcontracted another $1.8 million in funds for that research through an entity called EcoHealth Alliance. EHC immediately forwarded the money on to the virology lab so the work could continue.
In light of such disturbing news, what do we have from mainstream media on Monday morning? Crickets. Not even Fox News is repeating its own Sunday night host's story.
The host of the “The Next Revolution,” Hilton told his viewers that the evidence uncovered “points to the most likely cause of the pandemic and it’s worse than anything that we have heard so far.”
Highlighting a study 10 years ago in the Netherlands involving ferrets, which have respiratory systems that operate similar to humans, Hilton said researchers “were trying to see if the virus that starts out without the ability to be transmitted through the air can eventually gain that ability.”
“This led to the creation of an entirely new type of scientific research made possible by advances in gene technology,” he said. “It was called 'gain of function' virus research. The idea was to replicate in a lab what had been done with those ferrets — to take the virus and manipulate the genetic code to make it stronger and [more] powerful. The virus would gain new function, hence the name.”
The idea being to engineer the most contagious deadly viruses in lab conditions “to learn about treatments and vaccines without the calamity of an actual outbreak,” Hilton noted.
This research was carried out around the world, with Wuhan, China being home to a leading laboratory, funded in large part by the NIAID headed up by Fauci. Of course, the great risk feared by the Obama administration was that a highly contagious virus managed to escape the lab. Specifically, Hilton shared that the Obama administration put the moratorium on the controversial research, fearing just such an outbreak with worldwide implications.
“Despite the controversy surrounding this type of research,” he said, “it always had one steadfast champion, a leading figure in the world of infectious diseases — Anthony Fauci. His NIAID funded that first ferret study. At the time he cowrote an op-ed in the Washington Post with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins describing the research as ‘a risk worth taking … important information and insight can come from generating a potentially dangerous virus in the laboratory.’”
“Shortly before the Obama Administration’s ban on gain-of-function research in 2014, Dr. Fauci commissioned … a project to assess the risk of new coronaviruses emerging from wild animals like bats — one of the aims was to see what viruses can infect animals and humans,” Hilton said.
The Fox News host said that while the Obama administration stopped the research, Fauci “continued on by subcontracting it” to the New York based EcoHealth Alliance.
Sharing what he called a “crucial step that have never been reported,” Hilton noted that EcoHealth Alliance then subcontracted the gain of function piece to the Wuhan lab. Citing a paper detailing a progress report on the study from the head of the Wuhan lab, Hilton pointed to a money trail that led back to Fauci.
“Until now, the only reporting of Dr. Fauci’s role in all of this has been his funding of the Wuhan lab in general,” Hilton said. “But tonight we can go further thanks to this paper. We can see the specific activity that Dr. Fauci funded and it is terrifying — so terrifying that after we reached out to NIH this paper was mysteriously taken off-line on Friday for a while. But we downloaded it weeks ago.”
Steve Hilton, host of Fox News' "New Revolution," went into painstaking detail Sunday night about Wuhan lab workers collecting samples of bat feces from a cave containing novel coronaviruses. The lab then genetically engineered new viruses, perhaps including the CCP virus. (Video: Fox News)
“They infected human cells with them in the lab. And they then showed that their man-made viruses could replicate as a functional virus,” Hilton said. “Here is the most important part, the genetic changes they made in the lab unlocked a highly specific doorway into the human body. The virus that causes [the CCP virus] uses that same exact doorway. To be clear, none of the genetically engineered viruses created in 2017 and reported in this paper were the exact ones we’re dealing with now, but what they confirm was it was possible to make the ... virus using the technique developed in the Fauci project.”
A project the Obama administration wanted shut down, in other words, continued for three more years thanks to an out-of-control Fauci, NIAID and EcoHealth Alliance.
Comparing the CCP virus to viruses made in the Wuhan lab, Hilton said the pandemic virus “looks like a combination of two different bat viruses from completely different species.”
He proceeded to discount claims that this may have been the result of natural origin.
“Multiple different species of bats in south China would have to infect each other, and some other unknown animals, and that either these animals or an infected human will need to have traveled 1,000 miles without affecting anyone until they got to Wuhan,” Hilton said.
“We’re not suggesting for a second that the coronavirus was created or released as a bio weapon,” he stressed. “But lab accidents happen — that’s literally the reason the Obama administration wanted this research stopped.”
Hilton said Matt Pottinger, who was former President Trump’s deputy national security advisor, privately told a group of British officials that “a growing body of evidence supported the idea that the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab.”
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6, was quoted as saying: “It’s an engineered escapee from the Wuhan institute, I’m not saying anything other than the fact that … it was the result of an accident.”
After stressing that one is playing with fire when he or she modifies a bat virus to allow it to spread from human to human in the air, Hilton asked, “Why on earth didn’t Dr. Fauci stop it as soon as the Obama moratorium was announced back in 2014?”
“The response from the medical establishment has been shocking,” he added. “Instead of trying to figure out what happened, they have been pushing a cover-up.”
Saying the evidence suggests the U.S., under Fauci, commissioned the research that produced the CCP virus, Hilton called on the infectious disease expert to “step aside.”
“This week President Biden made Dr. Fauci his chief medical advisor with an enhanced role,” Hilton concluded. “In the light of the documents and the evidence we presented tonight, that role is completely untenable. Fauci must step aside until we get to the bottom of this in creating, unintentionally of course, the catastrophic global pandemic.”
To that I add only one thing in commentary. Perhaps Fauci didn't intentionally create and release a deadly virus on an unsuspecting world. But the CCP did, and as a result over 5 million are dead, nearly 500,000 of our fellow Americans. That, people, is an act of war.