OAN’s Zach Petersen
5:27 PM – Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Newly uncovered emails reveal that a United States health official tried to warn the NIH about serious safety issues at the Wuhan lab prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. These emails date all the way back to 2017.
While touring the Wuhan lab just before its opening six years ago, the unnamed NIH worker found that scientists considered reverse engineering the Ebola virus.
The NIAID employee sent emails to colleagues writing about her worries of divulging the Ebola detail.
“I don’t want the information particularly using reverse genetics to create viruses to get out,” she wrote. “I was shocked to hear what [the WIV technician] said [about reverse engineering Ebola]. I also worry the reaction of people in Washington when they read this. I don’t feel comfortable for broader audience within the government circle. It could be very sensitive.”
In response, F. Gray Handley, the NIAID’s associate director for international research affairs responded to the email in agreeance. She was told to delete any information about engineering the Ebola Virus from her report.
“As we discussed. Delete that comment,” he wrote.
An NIH spokesperson explained that the official ‘took appropriate steps to ensure that officials at NIAID, HHS, and US Embassy Beijing were aware of the technician’s comment [regarding Ebola research] via her report on the visit.’
It is widely believed that the Coronavirus leaked from that very same lab several years later.
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