After dedicating a cover story to Anthony Fauci and naming him one of its “2020 People of the Year,” People magazine is refusing to comment on the accusatory documents that target the virologist over alleged funding by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to China’s Wuhan lab for controversial research to identify and alter bat coronaviruses susceptible to infecting humans.

People magazine chose Fauci as the subject of one of its “2020 People of the Year” covers. Following the scandalous documents that came to light last week involving the White House advisor virologist, conservative media outlet Breitbart asked People if it had any comments on the matter and whether it planned to pursue the case, but so far, the magazine has not commented.

According to Breitbart, Fauci blamed political divisions because many people rejected his mandates on confinements and masks without acknowledging all the contradictions and measures that proved inefficient to contain the virus.

A fact that also generated a devastating impact on the economy and people’s physical and mental health.

“But as a society we are living in a very divisive state right now. I’ve never seen the extent of the divisiveness that we have today, which has led to hostility against public health measures. And that makes it much more difficult to address a public health outbreak when everyone needs to pull together,” Fauci said in that 2020 interview.

Recent 900-page documents accessed by The Intercept found that the U.S. government provided $3.1 million to the EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization. The Wuhan Institute of Virology used a portion to fund bat coronavirus research.

Furthermore, according to reports, there would be evidence that the grant money for the controversial experiment came from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, headed by Anthony Fauci, a fact that contradicts what the virologist had testified to Congress.

Fauci said under oath, “The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, was quoted by The Intercept as saying that the documents contain critical information about research conducted at Wuhan, including the creation of new viruses, including coronaviruses related to SARS and MERS.

“The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell.”

Meanwhile, Robert Kessler, communications manager for EcoHealth Alliance, denied that the work on the humanized mice met the definition of gain-of-function research.

And while Kessler said the bat virus has not been shown to cause infections in humans and has not been shown to be transmissible between humans, he acknowledged that the research was designed to assess how bat coronaviruses might evolve to infect humans, reports The Intercept.

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