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WATCH: NIH Director Sings ‘Over The Rainbow’ To Praise Himself, Health Officials, Insist Pandemic Isn’t Over
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In a completely self-indulgent moment, Francis Collins, the outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health, sang a version of the iconic song “Over the Rainbow” with lyrics in which he seemingly refused to acknowledge there are swaths of America that have moved on beyond the pandemic and praised HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, who interviewed him, for being a “partner” who “will help to make the pathway clear to find true healing.” Collins also trumpeted himself and other health officials in the government, singing, “Somewhere past the pandemic we’ll hug our friends and thank the people and science that brought the pandemic’s end.”

In his preamble, Collins stated, “And now, if you’ll indulge me, because it’s been kind of promoted as if it might be a grand finale of a musical sort, I guess I’d like to play us out with a little song. So, if I might, I just need a microphone. Why, there’s a guitar right here. How about that? Ah, yeah, this is a song where the tune will be familiar to you, unless you came from another planet recently.”

Then he stated that Americans were not past the pandemic, continuing, “But the words are going to be quite different, because this really is a song for you, a song for all of us who have been going through this pandemic and trying to imagine how it’s going to feel when we’re finally past that. What will that be like? We are gonna get there, and you are going to help us get there. So that’s what this is about.”

He sang these lyrics:

Somewhere past the pandemic when we’re free

There’s a life I remember full of activity

Somewhere past the pandemic, masks will come off

No more need for a nose swab every time we cough

As we are gathered here today

COVID’s toll has hit and sent us reeling

But partners like the ones right here

Will help to make the pathway clear

To find true healing

Somewhere past the pandemic life will resume

We’ll all complain about the traffic

Forgetting how we hated Zoom

Somewhere past the pandemic we’ll hug our friends

And thank the people and science that brought the pandemic’s end

My dozen years are almost through

But it’s been great to work with you

Let’s end COVID now

Last June, The Daily Wire reported that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), led by Collins, deleted gene sequences of SARS-CoV-2 during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic after being asked to do so by Chinese scientists.

“The removal of the sequencing data is described in a new paper posted online Tuesday by Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The paper, which hasn’t been peer reviewed, says the missing data include sequences from virus samples collected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in January and February of 2020 from patients hospitalized with or suspected of having Covid-19.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, “The NIH confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it deleted the gene sequences in June 2020 after they had been submitted three months earlier. This came months after serious questions had been raised about the origins of the pandemic inside China and whether China was being transparent about what was really going on. The NIH said, ‘Submitting investigators hold the rights to their data and can request withdrawal of the data.’’’

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