In a long story in Vanity Fair that has some interesting twists it's claimed at one point that
At a White House COVID-19 press briefing on April 17, 2020, a reporter from the conspiratorial right-wing media outlet Newsmax asked Trump a factually inaccurate question about a $3.7 million NIH grant to a level-four lab in China. “Why would the U.S. give a grant like that to China?” the reporter asked.
Trump responded, “We will end that grant very quickly,” adding, “Who was president then, I wonder.”
A week later, an NIH official notified Daszak in writing that his grant had been terminated. [...]
In July, the NIH attempted to backtrack. It reinstated the grant but suspended its research activities until EcoHealth Alliance fulfilled seven conditions, some of which went beyond the nonprofit’s purview and seemed to stray into tinfoil-hat territory. They included: providing information on the “apparent disappearance” of a Wuhan Institute of Virology researcher, who was rumored on social media to be patient zero, and explaining diminished cell phone traffic and roadblocks around the WIV in October 2019.
Did NIH really ask EcoHealth Alliance to provide that kind of information (e.g. on the “apparent disappearance” of WIV researcher and cellphone traffic) as condition for reinstating the grant? I see the info on the claim is found elsewhere, but what concrete proof exists (besides Daszak's & collaborators words) that NIH really asked them for this kind of info? Is the NIH write-up/request to them public? (With all the FOIAs on Fauci's emails, maybe this was disclosed too...)