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            by Andrew Kerr  Dozens of Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to National Institutes of Health Acting Inspector General Christi Grimm on Tuesday demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with a Chinese lab that studied coronaviruses. The 28 lawmakers demanded Grimm investigate the total amount of funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has received from the NIH, as well as whether any NIH officials communicated with the lab or its U.S. sponsor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to quell debate surrounding the theory that the virus could have accidentally escaped from the lab. Researchers at the WIV were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through NIH subgrants from the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance. The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the...
    Dozens of Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to National Institutes of Health Acting Inspector General Christi Grimm on Tuesday demanding a “prompt and thorough investigation” into the NIH’s relationship with a Chinese lab that studied coronaviruses. The 28 lawmakers demanded Grimm investigate the total amount of funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has received from the NIH, as well as whether any NIH officials communicated with the lab or its U.S. sponsor at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to quell debate surrounding the theory that the virus could have accidentally escaped from the lab. Researchers at the WIV were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through NIH subgrants from the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance. The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member of the World Health Organization...
    An FBI agent was reportedly involved in a shooting Tuesday morning on a train near the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Walter Reed Hospital. The shooting took place at the Medical Center Metro Station in Bethesda, Maryland, according to a report by Newsweek. (RELATED: Biden Plans To Keep Christopher Wray As FBI Chief) “#BREAKING: FBI Agent involved in a shooting aboard a Red Line train at the Medical Center Metro Station near Walter Reed and NIH. 1 person has been transported,” NBC Washington reporter Tom Lynch tweeted.  #BREAKING: FBI Agent involved in a shooting aboard a Red Line train at the Medical Center Metro Station near Walter Reed and NIH. 1 person has been transported. @Chopper4Brad overhead @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/5DvdDWRA6F — Tom Lynch (@TomLynch_) December 15, 2020 Metro officials said Metro Transit Police received a report about the shooting just before 7 a.m. and one gunshot victim was taken...
    The number of federal agencies hacked in a suspected Russian cyber-attack has risen to six after reports that the Pentagon, the State Department and the National Institutes of Health were also targeted.  A Washington Post report said a 'highly sophisticated digital spying operation' had targeted the State Department and NIH, following earlier revelations that the Treasury, Commerce and Homeland Security departments had also been hit.  A separate New York Times report said that parts of the Department of Defense were also affected, citing a US official who said the extent of the damage was unclear.  As many as 18,000 people are thought to have downloaded a Russian-altered software update which gave the hackers access to their computers.  Emails sent by federal officials are known to have been monitored by hackers as part of a sweeping campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government.    The Pentagon (pictured) is thought to be one...
    The National Institutes of Health director, Dr. Francis Collins, said Thursday that U.S. citizens might not have full access to a coronavirus vaccine until July. Both Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar had previously said that it would be available to most in the United States earlier. In an AARP conference call, Collins said that frontline workers, nursing homes, and people at high-risk would be prioritized for the vaccine in December. However, there will not be enough doses to fully vaccinate that population until February or March. “By the spring, people who are not in one of those high-risk groups will start to also have the chance to get access — we’ve got to start with the high-risk groups first," Collins said. "And by the summer, hopefully around July or so maybe our country...
    Russia has taken its most forceful step in its fight against the pandemic by ordering a national mask mandate as coronavirus cases surge. Russia’s Rospotrebnadzor, a federal watchdog known as the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, published the order on Tuesday. The order dictates that face coverings must be worn on public transportation, in taxis, in elevators, and in any location where more than 50 people can gather. Details about the enforcement mechanism for the order have not been revealed, according to the New York Times. The watchdog advised the governors of Russia’s regions to implement orders shuttering bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues at 11 p.m. each night in a further effort to stymie the spread of the contagion. CBS News reported that those without masks on would not be allowed inside such venues. The move comes after Russian President Vladimir...
    The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division has issued a recall of products from AlpinStash, a wholesale recreational marijuana cultivation in Lafayette. According to the October 8 recall, issued in conjunction with the state Department of Public Health and Environment, marijuana grown by AlpinStash was found to have potentially unsafe levels of mold and arsenic, making it Colorado's first marijuana recall ever issued over heavy metals. Heavy metals such as arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and cadmium can be found found in growing nutrients and fertilizers used to enhance the flavor, yield and potency of marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, long-term exposure to heavy metals can lead to liver or kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, a disrupted nervous system, anemia and more. Recalled products should have a cultivation facility license number on their packaging: 403R-00603. Here are the recalled AlpinStash strains and their harvest dates:Related Stories...
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is concerned about a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British manufacturer AstraZeneca after a test subject had an adverse reaction during clinical trials, The L.A. Times reported. Authorities in Britain, however, have allowed the pharmaceutical company to resume its research into the potentially life-saving drug. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Cambridge, England-based pharmaceutical company has been conducting large-scale clinical trials, involving thousands of volunteers, on a potential coronavirus vaccine it developed in conjunction with a British university. AZD1222. also known as the “Oxford vaccine,” showed great promise during animal testing, and has moved into clinical trials on human test subjects. Unfortunately, those tests had to be halted once a patient got sick. A British review board, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA), investigated the circumstances behind the patient getting sick and, after its investigation, cleared the manufacturer to resume its trials...
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unsure whether to push forward and resume a coronavirus vaccine trial that was stopped after a participant suffered spinal cord damage. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is investigating the case regarding the individual but is also concerned about the trial going forward, according to CNN. “The highest levels of NIH are very concerned,” Dr. Avindra Nath, intramural clinical director and a leader of viral research at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (an NIH division) told CNN. “Everyone’s hopes are on a vaccine, and if you have a major complication the whole thing could get derailed.” A laboratory technician takes part in filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxfords COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222 (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images) AstraZeneca, testing AZD1222, which was considered a frontrunner in the COVID-19 vaccine...
    The not-for-profit College Board gave the Chinese Communist Party unprecedented access to America’s K-12 education programs in exchange for funding, according to a new report from the National Association of Scholars. The report, titled “Corrupting the College Board: Confucius Institutes and K-12 Education,” found that since at least 2003, “the College Board has sponsored Confucius Institutes at K-12 schools, served as a recruiter for Chinese government programs, and helped the Chinese Communist Party design and gain control over American teacher training programs.” A press release for the report stated that the College Board worked with the CCP “to develop an AP Chinese Language and Culture course, served as a recruiter for Chinese government initiatives, and helped the CCP design and gain control over American teacher-training programs such as the National Chinese Language Conference.” The College Board was founded in 1899 and develops and administers standardized tests as well as curricula...
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) created a “shrine” to honor Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, according to a report on Friday. Politico’s Playbook reported on Friday that people turned the areas by the NIH elevators into a “shrine” to honor Fauci: The report follows as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx was spreading misinformation. “Deborah Birx is the worst,” Pelosi told Meadows and Mnuchin. “Wow, what horrible hands you’re in.” However, she praised Fauci, saying he “came to his sense, and is now a hero.” Pelosi also noted that Fauci has the record for most sold Topps baseball cards, stating, “They’ve sold more baseball cards of him than anyone in history.” “That’s because he throws a wicked curveball. He’s really...
    The director of the National Institutes of Health said that he has not been asked to reconsider Dr. Anthony Fauci's role within the agency. Dr. Francis Collins said that Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is not being considered for a demotion or termination from his position, despite President Trump's public criticisms over Fauci's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Collins said firing Fauci would be "unimaginable." "Nobody has asked me to do that, and I find that concept unimaginable," he said. Collins said that he does not even consider himself to be Fauci's boss. Instead, he said Fauci's career lies in the hands of Dr. Christine Grady, head of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Grady also happens to be Fauci's wife. "I am amused that everybody's calling me Dr. Fauci's boss because...
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