The Galveston National Laboratory – a project of Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, granting the Chinese lab the right to make its American counterpart “destroy and/or return the secret files, materials and equipment without any backups.”
The National Pulse has previously unearthed the Texas-based lab’s multi-year collaborative relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including hosting exchange programs and training researchers at the lab’s Biosafety Level 4 (BSL) facility. Directors from the Wuhan lab and the Galveston National Laboratory, which describes itself as “constructed under grants awarded by [Fauci’s] National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),” have admitted to working with the “world’s most dangerous pathogens” in 2018.
The news comes amidst controversy over Antony Fauci’s role in funding bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – a relationship that newfound documents appear to show extends beyond American partners like Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance. The lab is also believed to be the source of COVID-19 according to many public health and intelligence experts.
In addition to private emails from Fauci obtained by The National Pulse, new internal documents obtained by the government watchdog group U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) confirm the existence of the program and provide more insight into the agreement between the two labs.
USRTK obtained a copy of the official contract cementing the partnership between Wuhan and Galveston in 2017: “Memorandum Of Understanding Of Cooperation Between Wuhan Institute Of Virology, Chinese Academy Of Sciences, And The University Of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston.”
The contract’s 16th section – confidentiality – reveals that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could ask the Galveston lab to “destroy and/or return the secret files, materials and equipment without any backups.”
“All cooperation and exchanges, documents, data, details and materials shall be treated as confidential information by the parties,” adds the contract.
The contract also outlines the “objectives of the cooperation” between the two labs, including “to strengthen the academic and talent exchanges between the parties” and “to promote the research cooperation between China and the United States for controlling infectious diseases.”
The memorandum of understanding also allowed the labs to “exchange the virus resources strictly for the scientific research purposes.”
The contract appears to have been signed off by the Galveston lab’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Carolee King and Director James LeDuc.
Despite Fauci’s attempts to distance himself from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was previously listed as a partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology on its website before being erased in early 2021.
Reporting from The National Pulse.