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Friday, February 3, 2023

Legislators announce a bipartisan bill to freeze funding for functionally accessible research

Legislators from both parties announced a bill on Friday to freeze taxpayers’ funds for access to functionality research for five years.

This piece of legislation, called the “Moratorium on Research on Pandemic Pathogens,” was proposed by Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

According to a press release from a lawmaker, the bill is a response to a recent report by The Intercept, which indicated that the United States funded the acquisition of functionality research of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China. The CCP virus pandemic.

After the news media released the document, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and director of NIAID, was rigorously scrutinized, which details the use of federal funds by the U.S. Health Organization’s Eco-Health Alliance to fund research on bat coronaviruses. WIV.

Critics claim that these documents show that Fauci has misled Congress by repeatedly claiming that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never funded the controversial acquisition of WIV research.

“We know the dangers of gain-of-function research, but the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Fauci continue to fund it in the United States and overseas,” Carter said in a statement. “Without proper supervision and security protocols, this is something we should never allow.”

“There is increasing evidence that COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and its research was funded by U.S. taxpayers. We must redouble our efforts to prevent irresponsible research and protect our communities from future epidemics. Our bill will prevent taxpayers’ funds from being used for functional acquisition research until we can ensure that appropriate safety standards are in place,” Carter added.

On February 3, during a visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team responsible for investigating the origin of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, security personnel watched outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 2021. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Gallagher said in a similar comment, “Overwhelming evidence suggests that this research may have triggered a deadly pandemic that upended the world.”

“Although we continue to investigate the origin of COVID-19, the United States should at least stop all funding for this dangerous research until we understand its role in this pandemic. I am proud to support Congressman Carter’s legislation. “The Republican congressman said in a statement.

Legislator Cuellar emphasized the impact of the pandemic on the economy, education and public health well-being.

“Functional gain research is directly related to the spark of the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension of the Enhancement of Pandemic Pathogen Research Act is the best way to ensure that we avoid US taxpayer funds from falling into the wrong hands,” he said.

Last week, Gallagher called on Fauci to resign, saying that recently released documents showed that he lied about US support for acquired functional research.

He said in a statement: “These documents are conclusive evidence that not only did he fail to meet candidly, but he also lied to the American people about his organization’s support for this adventure research.”

White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said on Thursday that the Biden administration will continue to support Fauci.

Isabel Van Brugen

Isabel van Brugen

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and is currently a journalist for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City College, University of London.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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