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Republican Senators Demand NIH Director Release Details Surrounding Deletion of COVID-19 Data

The letter asks Director Francis Collins multiple questions regarding the omitted data and the Institute’s motives behind deleting the data




Republican Senators have sent a letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demanding he disclose all details surrounding the deletion of the COVID-19 data from its key database. National Review obtained the letter from Senators Marsha Blackburn, Chuck Grassley and Roger Marshall.

The letter asks Director Francis Collins multiple questions regarding the omitted data and the Institute’s motives behind deleting the data. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported Chinese researchers instructed the NIH to remove gene sequences of early COVID carriers from the database called the NIH Sequence Read Archive.

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Deleted data included sequences of extracted samples from patients hospitalized in Wuhan from the beginning stages of the pandemic. The patients were believed to have contracted COVID in January and February of 2020.

National Review reports the Senators’ letter “implored Collins to publish the names of the collaborating partners to the NIH Sequence Read Archive, the Chinese scientists that made the original request for deletion, the personnel with the authority to delete data, and the history and record of data deletion directed by researchers affiliated with the Chinese regime.”

Specifically, the letter reads, “the efforts by Chinese researchers to delete the data demands additional explanation. As you are aware, the Chinese government has failed, from the beginning, to be open and transparent with the world with respect to its role in the pandemic.”

National Review reports that Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, “was able to recover the deleted files from the Google Cloud and reconstruct partial sequences of 13 early epidemic viruses.”

“The data Bloom uncovered led him to believe that the pathogen was circulating in Wuhan before it presented itself at the Huanan fish market, which scientific consensus had considered the location of the first COVID outbreak until the lab-accident theory started gaining traction in the mainstream.”

Senators urge in their letter, “the American people deserve to know what their government knows about the origins of this global illness.”

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  1. Jim Harr

    June 30, 2021 at 10:21 am

    “Last week the Wall Street Journal reported Chinese researchers instructed the NIH to remove gene sequences of early COVID carriers from the database called the NIH Sequence Read Archive.”

    “instructed”??? Since when does China get to “instruct” the NIH…and the NIH listens?

  2. Mr. Nobody - Tony Verreos

    July 3, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Jim Harr – “instructed”??? Since when does China get to “instruct” the NIH…and the NIH listens?

    I’m guessing since the top administrators and their agency support allies all decided that there would or could be benefits from a friendly working relationship with the communists. Communists who lie, cheat, steal, break laws, and like to give orders!

    Science is great, but scientific ethics is constantly being challenged by people who have the tools to do something, but don’t have the moral ethical integrity to NOT do it. Dr. Anthony Fauci appears to be one of these types based on the reporting I’ve seen and read.

    Our Congress needs to stop being so nice and respectful of all these professionals, and demand the truth, not just ask for it.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19



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“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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