Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit by the Virginia-based Empower Oversight Whistleblowers and Researchers revealed the United States National Institutes of Health agreed to delete SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequencing.
The Gateway Pundit alleged that the NIH secretly deleted the COVID-19 genetic sequencing data provided them by the Wuhan Institute of Laboratory when the pandemic began. The media outlet stressed that the deleted data seemingly support claims that the COVID-19 virus was man-made, as earlier reported. It also links to the gain of function research conducted by the Wuhan lab that brought much spotlight on President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.
As per The Epoch Times, the EO documents mentioned former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Fauci, who is also the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease Director. The media outlet stressed that the documents reveal Fauci’s active participation in the decision-making and discussions.
Meanwhile, Empower Oversight released an analysis of the FOIA documents they obtained. The 23-paged analysis presented seven key findings including evidence indicating expert advice given by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Virologist Jesse Bloom to Collins and Fauci. The advice pointed out that the deleted sequences are suggestive of the beginnings of the pandemic outside Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.
Part of the key findings was the NIH’s initial decline of the request made by the Wuhan research to remove the sequences. EO stressed that it took another request from the researcher for a second set of sequence to be removed before the NIH conceded. At that time, NIH even offered to delete both sets of sequences.
The said sequences were named “Submission ID SUB7554642” aka “BioProject ID PRJNA637497,” which was requested to be removed on June 5, 2020 due to an error in submission; and “Submission ID is SUB7147304,” which was requested to be deleted on June 15, 2020. NIH agreed to delete the genetic sequences on June 16, 2020.
Another key finding of EO involved NIH’s misleading policy on the removal of sequences. The research company cited an internal email an NIH official sent, which reminds the occasions data can be removed from the SRA. The internal email said that NIH will only remove data if the submitter gave notification that “the submission was in error” and not in cases of an “erroneous submission.”
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