According to multiple reports, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under Anthony Fauci’s leadership, performed experiments on coronaviruses in a US-based lab more than a year before the COVID-19 plandemic began.

The NIH utilized coronaviruses from the same Wuhan Lab believed to be the source of the pathogen.

The public health agency “infected 12 Egyptian fruit bats with a ‘SARS-like’ virus called WIV1 at a lab in Montana in 2018,” Daily Mail reports.

“The WIV1-coronavirus was shipped from the Wuhan lab the FBI believes caused the Covid pandemic and was tested on bats acquired from a ‘roadside’ Maryland zoo,” the outlet added.

Now, the White Coat Waste Project submitted a ‘Freedom of Information Act’ (FOIA) request for additional details about a 2018 research paper in the journal Viruses.

“In 2013, Ge et al. isolated a SARS-like virus from the Chinese horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus sinicus): WIV1-CoV,” the researchers wrote.

“Twelve male adult Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) were obtained from the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland. All bats were inoculated with 105 TCID50 of WIV1-CoV via the intranasal (25 µL per nare), intratracheal (100 µL) and intra-esophageal route,” the researchers noted.

“Animal experiments were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories,” the researchers added.

“In conclusion, WIV1-CoV was unable to cause a robust infection in Rousettus aegyptiacus bats,” the study concluded.

Just the News reports:

Former National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci oversaw the NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana when it did the research with bats from Maryland’s Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, whose Director of Animal Health Laurie Hahn is a former NIH “lead veterinary technician” for animal research.

The Viruses paper, authored by Montana lab researchers and Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborator Ralph Baric, of the University of North Carolina, determined that the “SARS-like WIV1-coronavirus” first isolated from Chinese rufous horseshoe bats could not cause a “robust infection” in the 12 Egyptian fruit bats from the zoo. Four were euthanized and tested.

The paper doesn’t say which zoo employee signed off on the bats’ transfer to NIH, but WCW suspects Hahn played an instrumental role.

WCW used screenshots of her LinkedIn profile but did not name her in a blog post on its investigation “to protect privacy and instead focus on government bureaucrats because they are ultimately the ones who should be held accountable,” Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy Justin Goodman wrote in an email.

Daily Mail provided additional details:


The research was a joint venture between the NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories and Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborator Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina.

Scientists obtained 12 Egyptian fruit bats from a Maryland zoo and inoculated them with the WIV1-coronavirus, which was first detected in Chinese rufous horseshoe bats.

They performed exams on the animals daily and measured things like body weight and temperature. Scientists also took samples from the bats’ noses and throats.

On days three, seven and 28, four of the bats were euthanized and their heart, liver, kidney, spleen, bladder, reproductive organs, eyes and brain were collected for analysis. Scientists also analyzed white blood cell count and antibodies.

Researchers determined the WIV1-coronavirus did not cause ‘a robust infection’ and ‘observed very limited evidence of virus replication.’

The bats had been sent from a ‘roadside’ Maryland zoo to the Montana facility allegedly by the zoo’s curator and director of animal health, who had previously worked at the in-house animal testing labs at the NIH from 2003 to 2012, the WCW said.

Located in Thurmont, Maryland, less than 15 minutes from Camp David, the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve (CWP) has a history of animal welfare violations and was fined $12,000 in 2012 for poor and dangerous animal housing and inadequate animal care.

Records show the preserve confined 523 federally-regulated animals as of April 2023, including 241 bats, of which 41 were Egyptian fruit bats.

Read the full 2018 research paper from Viruses HERE.

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