Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry (R) has demanded answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci, noting it is “very concerning” that the federal infectious disease research organization he led bypassed federal oversight of a grant that funded a lab in Wuhan, China to genetically modify bat-based coronaviruses.
The National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) grant with the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance involved the transfer of $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The research was not reviewed by federal oversight.
Perry, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has stated he will call for Fauci to testify concerning the matter. He intends to focus on why Fauci’s agency did not review EcoHealth grant.
“We seem so cavalier about this approval paradigm for this funding and the definitions seemingly allow you to drive a truck through them regarding what is gain-of-function research and what isn’t,” Perry said.
“It seems to me this was done by design to allow this kind of research to be done in these kinds of places without any kind of scrutiny. And this is the result of that,” he added.
The WIV remains under scrutiny as speculation continues that COVID-19 may have leaked from its lab. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined this is unlikely.
Perry remains convinced the WHO report is insufficient. He instead plans to seek Fauci’s direct testimony for additional answers.
Peter Daszak, the only U.S. member on the World Health Organization panel investigating the origins of COVID-19 in China, has noted American intelligence on the topic should not be trusted.
Perry hopes a congressional testimony will add additional information. The mysterious origins of COVID-19’s will likely fuel ongoing investigation for years to come.