NIH Director Admits COVID Evidence Withheld at Request of Chinese Scientists

National Institutes of Health (NIH) acting director Lawrence Tabak said during testimony before Congress last week that the federal agency restricted the availability of early genome sequencing of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Chinese scientists requested the information that could be important evidence about how the virus originated be held back.

Tabak told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the information had been “eliminated from public view.” He also said the request had come from Chinese researchers. Tabak said that the genome information was not destroyed, but had been made “unavailable for interrogation.”

During an exchange with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Tabak said that the data had been requested to be removed from the “Sequence Read Archive” that NIH maintains. Tabak added that the agency should have determined that that material should have been suppressed, but said that it was still archived on a tape drive. He admitted that this form of storage is “old technology” but said it could be accessed.

The genome sequences of early COVID-19 strains could arguably help scientists determine if the virus originated in a Chinese lab. The theory that the pandemic originated with a leak from a lab in Wuhan finally began to receive some attention from the corporate media last year after being initially dismissed as a right-wing conspiracy theory.

It has been revealed that the lab leak theory was acknowledged in emails between National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH then-director Dr. Francis Collins, and Wellcome Trust director Sir Jeremy Farrar dating back to February 2020. Farrar described a “likely explanation” for COVID-19 was “accidental creation” in a low-security Chinese lab.

Top scientists acknowledged the likelihood of the theory but were concerned that public disclosure would adversely affect “science and international harmony.”

Since that time, additional evidence has surfaced regarding the lab leak theory, some implicating the federal government. A year ago, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee issued a report concluding that there exists “significant circumstantial evidence” supporting the theory.

The report declared that the federal government “must also provide a full accounting” revealing the level of U.S. cooperation with the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus research. The House Republicans further demanded information about whether U.S. taxpayer funds supported any of the Chinese projects.

The latest revelation regarding NIH’s concealment of the genome sequencing data comes after a number of controversial reports of how the agency has placed left-wing politics above medical ethics and public health.

NIH has been accused of supporting research that uses tissues obtained from aborted children and the chemical gender transitioning of minor children. It has also recently been revealed that the agency and its scientists received $134 million in royalties from large pharmaceutical companies between 2009 and 2014. Ongoing litigation is expected to reveal hundreds of millions of dollars in additional royalties paid to government employees.