NIH chief confirms coronavirus data concealed at China’s request

The successor to Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health confirmed to Congress that his agency complied with Chinese scientists who insisted that the early genomic sequence of the virus that causes COVID-19 be concealed.

The NIH “eliminated from public view” the crucial virus data from the lab in Wuhan, China, acting director Lawrence Tabak told a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday.