(PresidentialWire.com)- A researcher who has received millions in research grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reportedly offered to delete a preprint of a paper to help the National Institutes of Health cover-up information related to the origins of COVID.
Kristian Andersen, a virologist for the Scripps Research Institute made the suggestion during a Zoom call that included Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH Director Francis Collins, and the author of the preprint paper Jesse Bloom.
Known as a preprint because it had not been peer-reviewed or published, Bloom’s paper contained sensitive revelations about the National Institutes of Health.
An exclusive report from Vanity Fair last week revealed that the Zoom call was arranged by Collins two days after Bloom had submitted the paper both to a preprint server to await peer review and to Fauci and Collins.
Bloom grew so troubled by the meeting that six months afterward, he wrote a detailed account of the Zoom call, according to Vanity Fair which obtained a copy of Bloom’s account.
According to Bloom, at the “extremely contentious” meeting, Andersen expressed opposition to Bloom’s report which provided evidence that China was trying to cover up information about the early days of the virus.
During the call, Andersen suggested that, in his role as a screener at the preprint server, he could access papers that hadn’t been made public. He offered to delete the preprint copy or revise it “in a way that would leave no record that this had been done.”
Bloom argued against Andersen’s suggestion. He also noted that Andersen described his preprint report as “deeply troubling.”
Bloom wrote that Anderson, who had some of his emails with Fauci go public through a FOIA request, then argued that he already needed security outside of his house and Bloom’s preprint would “fuel conspiratorial notions that China was hiding data” and that would only lead to more criticism against him and other scientists.
Fauci, meanwhile, objected to Bloom’s description of Chinese scientists “surreptitiously” deleting sequences, arguing that “surreptitiously” was a loaded word and the reason China asked for deletions wasn’t known.
Read the full exposé at Vanity Fair HERE.