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Commentary: Agenda Driven Science Endangers Our Health, Survival

Commentary by Dr. Tom Borelli originally published by

New information released by congressional investigators shows officials at the National Institute of Health (NIH) were involved in the effort to crush the idea that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was a result of a genetically modified virus that was released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

According to The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic memo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was actively involved in shaping research to support the natural origin hypothesis.

If proven true, this is an outrageous display of agenda-driven-science by top officials at NIH where potentially federal money was to reward scientists to manufacture the desired result to shape public opinion about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such research interference is fundamentally unscientific but also shows taxpayer money was used with the apparent goal to protect top NIH officials and their role in funding gain-of-function research.

The motivation for advancing the natural origin hypothesis over a lab leak is clear.

The former absolves NIH from sharing any responsibility for the pandemic because the cause was mother nature.

On the other hand, the latter implicates NIH and Fauci — the man charged with stopping pandemics — for playing a role in creating the pandemic by funding gain-of-function bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab, via the EcoHealth Alliance.

The memo also revealed involvement of then NIH head Dr. Francis Collins who considered the lab leak hypothesis a “conspiracy.”

What’s most interesting is the abrupt change in tune from Dr. Kristian Anderson from the Scripps Research Institute.

In a Jan. 31, 2020 email to Fauci, Anderson initially believed that ” . . . some of the features (potentially) looked engineered,” and following discussions with other scientists he felt ” . . . the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

Subsequently, on Feb. 1, 2020, Anderson and a small group of scientists participated in a conference call with Collins and Fauci.

Just a few days later, Anderson and others wrote a paper that was subsequently published in Nature Medicine, “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2,” which concluded “Our analyses clearly shows that SARS-CoV-2 was not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.”

However, the revelations disclosed in the congressional memo show there was more behind the paper’s conclusion highlighted by Fauci involvement and inconsistent statements from Anderson and Scripps.

In an August 2021 letter, Scripps defended Anderson’s work saying it was objective using “the evidence at his disposal.”

Yet in an email, Anderson exposed his bias by describing his research as an effort ” . . . focused on trying to disprove any type of lab theory . . . ”

Moreover, Scripps said Fauci didn’t influence Anderson’s research.

That statement was contradicted by Anderson’s Feb. 12, 2020 email to Nature Medicine where he admitted the research was “Prompted by Jeremy Farrah [sic], Tony Fauci and Francis Collins . . . ”

The Congressional memo also found Anderson forwarded a draft of the paper to Fauci and Collins and he gave Fauci an opportunity to edit and approve it.

There is also a concern that federal research money might have influenced Anderson. The Washington Examiner reported Anderson received about $20.4 million in NIH grants from 2020 to 2022.

Finally, Collins obsessed with ending the lab leak hypothesis expressed frustration in April 2020 that Anderson’s paper didn’t end the Wuhan lab leak discussions and he wanted more to be done to silence that idea.

The New York Post exposed Collins’ agenda in an email to Fauci,

“Wondering if there is something NIH can do to help put down this very destructive conspiracy, with what seems to be growing momentum,” wrote Collins.

The following day, Fauci mentioned the conclusion of the Nature Medicine paper without reference to mentioning the publication’s name or its authors or his role in the research paper.

Fauci said the virus contained “mutations” and they were “totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”

That’s the conclusion that would protect Collin’s and Fauci’s reputations and their decision to fund dangerous gain-of-function research.

Finding the truth about the origins of the pandemic is not an academic exercise but is extremely important for public health.

If the COVID-19 pandemic was a result of laboratory manipulation of a virus, it would bring to light the dangers of gain-of-function research.

Ironically, it appears the real conspiracy is former NIH officials seeking to manipulate evidence to deceive the public to protect themselves and not those believing the pandemic was a result of a lab leak.
Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Newsmax TV. Read more commentaries here.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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