National Institutes of Health

December 2017 NIH Lifts Funding Pause on Gain-of-Function Research

This is an important event that happened leading up to Covid: NIH Lifts Funding Pause on Gain-of-Function Research.

I’m not sure how involved the Trump Administration was in terms of giving the O.K. on this or not. A few years ago, I had heard something to the effect that Trump gave the O.K. for this (basically, to undo an Obama action). A lot of people that grill Fauci always go straight to the gain-of-function issue. It’s worth noting the timeframe on this one.

For the record, I’m not a huge fan of either Obama or Trump. It’s actually kind of nice to live outside the red and blue divide. I think it allows you to think a bit more clearly.

UPDATE: Jan 25, 2024

I watched a Breaking Points segment featuring Emily Kopp talking about the origins of COVID. On the show, journalist Ryan Grim had this to say:

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