US NIH Modifies Pandemic Avian Influenza To Make It More Dangerous In Risky New Investigation

US NIH Modifies Pandemic Avian Influenza To Make It More Dangerous In Risky New Investigation

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has continued to fund risky gain-of-function (GF) research on potential pandemic viruses, according to newly revealed information reported by Bulgarian bioweapons investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva.

By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva


The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has continued to fund risky gain-of-function (GF) research on potential pandemic pathogens, according to newly revealed information. The US government’s medical research agency has funded scientists to study bird flu, which is not transmitted between humans. However, NIH projects aim to make avian flu viruses transmissible between mammals and assess their pandemic potential as a possible threat to humans.

Gain-in-function (GOF) studies improve a pathogen’s ability to cause disease by increasing its virulence and transmissibility. These dangerous experiments have not stopped despite COVID-19 being suspected as the result of these NIH-funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Instead of ending all GoF research since the pandemic began, the NIH and its sub-agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have continued their financial support for the following GoF studies: Transmissibility of avian influenza viruses in mammals (NIAID support ended August 2021); Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) (NIAID support ended March 2021). The third, Mimicking Evolution to Define Airborne Transmission Mechanisms for H7N9 Viruses, began on September 2, 2021, and is ongoing.

H5N1, a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, is not transmitted between mammals. Researchers are aiming for the virus to be transmissible to assess its pandemic potential.


According to the project description, “No sustained human-to-human transmission has yet been recorded. Several attempts in the past to select for transmissible H5 viruses (which are not normally transmitted between mammals) were unsuccessful.” Therefore, the researchers “plan to passage non-transmissible viruses of different genetic origins in ferrets (an established model of influenza virus transmission) to select for transmissible mutants.” The selected mutations will be characterized for their biological effects and potential for transmission of H5N1 in mammals.

According to the description provided for project 1R21AI144135-01: “Asian lineage H7N9 avian influenza viruses (AIVs)… have not spread to humans; however, there is a high potential for these viruses to evolve and become airborne and cause a pandemic… Viruses carrying the HA and NA of H7N9 will be generated in the backbone of the A/PR8 vaccine. Mutations will be introduced in the HA and NA gene segments… we will evaluate the replication kinetics of recombinant H7N9-A/PR8 viruses for their growth in primary human airway epithelial cells. The primary human cells will include nasal, tracheal, bronchial, and small airway epithelial cells.” The researchers want to make the virus airborne to assess the pandemic potential of H7N9 viruses.

These latest NIH-funded experiments are just a small part of the many controversial laboratory studies approved by the agency. One of them was the risky research on the bat coronavirus in China, which is being investigated in the United States for its possible relationship with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite repeated denials by NIAID Director Dr. Antony Fauci, even before Congress, the NIH finally acknowledged last year that the US funded the GF’s research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, from where The pandemic began and spread throughout the world. The $3.7 million grant was awarded to the US non-profit organization EcoHealth Alliance. In a letter to the US House of Representatives, the NIH alleges that the EcoHealth Alliance violated the terms and conditions of NIH grant AI110964 and failed to report all of its activities in China. According to the NIH letter, a “limited experiment” was conducted to test whether “spike proteins from bat coronaviruses circulating naturally in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” .

‘This is much bigger than Dr. Fauci – it involves the entire United States government’: US Congressman
Following the release of a House Intelligence Committee report stating that there is “significant circumstantial evidence” supporting the lab leak hypothesis, Congressman Mike Gallagher urged members of Congress and media to take a closer look at US funding sources sending taxpayer money to the EcoHealth Alliance. According to the congressman, “if you start doing some basic research, it quickly becomes clear that this is much bigger than Dr. Fauci: it involves the entire American government.”

The EcoHealth Alliance has received a total of $112.1 million in funding from the US government since 2003, according to information obtained from the US Federal Contract Registry. Its main sponsors include the NIH through NIAID and the Pentagon through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The objectives of the projects are the discovery and evaluation of viruses with pandemic potential mainly in Africa and Asia.


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