Top virologists who changed tune on COVID-19 lab leak theory received millions in NIH grants

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

March 2, 2023

Leading virologists who initially raised concerns about the possibility of COVID-19 leaking from a lab in Wuhan, China, before later changing their tune on the issue oversaw projects that received tens of millions of dollars from the National Institutes of Health under Dr. Anthony Fauci, records show.

Dr. Kristian Andersen of the Scripps Institute and Tulane University’s Dr. Robert Garry raised concerns in 2020 to Fauci that there could be legitimacy to COVID-19 leaking from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has received funds from the NIH-backed EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit group. These same virologists, who later rejected the leak hypothesis, led research projects that pocketed over $25.2 million between 2020 and 2022 from the NIH, according to federal grant data reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

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