Deep state fellow helped ChiComs figure out how to . . . do what?
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced his resignation on Tuesday, just weeks after documents exposed that he made “untruthful” comments about U.S. federal funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
A bit more about this giant of the DC appointees:
Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Francis Collins made history by becoming the longest-serving NIH director and one who also served in three administrations: Obama, Trump, and Biden. Prior to his tenure at the NIH, he founded The BioLogos Foundation, which aimed to bridge a dialogue between science and religion. In 2007, former President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on the Human Genome Project.
And of course he appreciated the value of strong media presence:
During the coronavirus pandemic, Collins frequently appeared on television where he advocated for children wearing masks in schools while blaming unvaccinated Americans for the pandemic’s continuation.
Will he be missed? And by whom?
By WaPo, for one institution, which has this to report on the above matter:
Dr. Collins has faced some criticism, along with Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for not imposing stricter oversight on NIH research grants that were made through the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Critics say risky “gain-of-function” experiments with bat coronaviruses should have been scrutinized by a Department of Health and Human Services panel. Dr. Collins has responded that the experiments “were not reasonably expected” to increase transmissibility of the viruses in humans, and the viruses studied could not have been the source of the pandemic strain.
The Wuhan laboratory is the focus of questions about whether an inadvertent leak might have led to the pandemic, but so far the virus origin remains unknown. Dr. Collins says he still thinks the evidence is most consistent with a natural origin, but he is frustrated by China’s refusal to be more open to further inquiry.
Oh. He’s been so long at the center of power — not in foreign relations, to be sure — but still answers a question with such naivete. Lots like him in the depths of officialdom, we may suppose.