As scientist and biological weapons expert Dr. Richard Ebright of Rutgers University has stated: “The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) [Anthony Fauci] and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [Francis Collins] have systematically thwarted efforts by the White House, the Congress, scientists, and science policy specialists to regulate GOF research of concern and even to require risk-benefit review for projects involving GOF research of concern…”
“In 2014, the Obama White House implemented a ‘Pause’ in federal funding for GOF research of concern. However, the document announcing the Pause stated in a footnote that: ‘An exception from pause may be obtained if head of funding agency determines research is urgently necessary to protect public health or national security’. Unfortunately, the NIAID Director [Anthony Fauci] and the NIH Director [Francis Collins] exploited this loophole to issue exemptions to projects subject to the Pause –preposterously asserting the exempted research was ‘urgently necessary to protect public health or national security’– thereby nullifying the Pause”.
“In 2017, the Trump Administration announced a Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Oversight (P3CO) Framework that implemented a requirement for risk-benefit review of GOF research of concern. However, the P3CO Framework relies on the funding agency to flag and forward proposals for risk-benefit review. Unfortunately, the NIAID Director and the NIH Director have declined to flag and forward proposals for risk-benefit review, thereby nullifying the P3CO Framework.”