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Wuhan Lab Eligible to Receive US Taxpayer Funding Through 2024, NIH Confirms

wuhanThe Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research until January 2024, the National Institute of Health told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The WIV is at the center of widespread speculation that COVID-19 could have entered the human population in China due to an accidental lab leak. Researchers at the lab were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance.

The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member of the World Health Organization (WHO) delegation that investigated the origins of the pandemic on the ground in China in January and February. While the WHO delegation has yet to release a report on their findings, Daszak said the White House should blindly accept their conclusion that it’s highly unlikely the virus could have leaked from the WIV.

Daszak also said American intelligence, which indicates researchers at the WIV became infected with COVID-like symptoms before the first known cases in December 2019, shouldn’t be trusted.

EcoHealth Alliance’s work researching bat-based coronaviruses in China was funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The grant was terminated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in April amid criticism over EcoHealth Alliance’s relationship with the WIV. The NIH said in a letter the nonprofit’s work in China did not align with “program goals and agency priorities.”

Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, China, on Feb. 3, 2021. (Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)

The NIH told EcoHealth Alliance in July it would restore the grant if it met certain conditions, one of which was to arrange for an independent team to investigate the WIV to determine if it had possession of the SARS-COV-2 virus prior to the first known cases in December 2019.

Daszak told NPR that the NIH’s conditions were “preposterous.”

“I’m not trained as a private detective,” Daszak said. “It’s not really my job to do that.”

However, the WIV still has an active Foreign Assurance on file with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, which enables it to continue receiving taxpayer funds to engage in animal research, according to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

A NIH spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the WIV’s Foreign Assurance was approved on Jan. 9, 2019, and is currently set to expire on Jan. 31, 2024.

The spokeswoman did not confirm whether the WIV is currently receiving direct or indirect taxpayer funding for research activities involving animals. EcoHealth Alliance’s last known subgrant to the WIV was in May 2019, according to USASpending.Gov.

EcoHealth Alliance received a new $7.5 million grant from the NIH to help establish a Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Daszak told NPR that the funds his organization received from the new grant will not be used for any research in China.

The president of the nonpartisan watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, Anthony Bellotti, told the DCNF that EcoHealth Alliance should be defunded entirely for funding “reckless gain-of-function animal experiments that may have led to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We’re urging Congress and the White House to defund EcoHealth now and secure independent investigations into whether their treacherous gain-of-function animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology led to the COVID outbreak.”

By Andrew Kerr

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - The Daily Caller News Foundation

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Lee S McQuillen
8 months ago

China has more money than we do so they can fund their own stuff! And, they only have their elitist people that they care about anyway. I’m sick of us handing out our money to others outside our country when we have such need here. Typical liberal philosophy – bankrupt it’s citizens in order to control them and all the resources….

9 months ago

China kills our people. And we give them our hard earned money. You cannot make this up. Our politicians are useless.

Pete from St Pete
9 months ago

Lenin was right. Leave us alone and the useful idiots will grease the way to our demise.

Ron Howard
9 months ago

What can we do about it other than complain to Congress and Senate?

8 months ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

For starters, Vote Republican

Danny Estridge
9 months ago

Great, our Our Country is giving money to our enemy. Classic US Government screw up AGAIN.

9 months ago

Make these articles sharable.

William Deroy
9 months ago

Why does the United States have to fund these foreign government researches anyway? Why can’t the United Stares do the research in America with American Infectious Disease doctor, experts and scientists ?

Stephen Lykins
9 months ago

Seriously? Is this why China blames us for the damned pandemic?

9 months ago

This is outrageous! ???? After giving the world the covid virus they shouldn’t receive another dime from the USA! ???? Fauci needs to lose his job! ???? He doesn’t have the best interest of America in his deliberate handing out of our money to known terrorist! ???? Let him use his exorbitant salary! ???? Shame, shame, shame on these political hacks! ????

Barry Courtnay
9 months ago

Not in a real good mood today. This administration will sell out America in a heartbeat. We are back in the Paris Accord agreement which will cost the U.S. millions of dollars. The administration is talking with Iran again about allowing them nuclear capabilities. W.H.O. has been lying to us and the world ever since the outbreak happened. I am sorry but we better learn how to speak Chinese. We need someone to stand up and stop this nonsense and stop this power grab fast. The sad thing is we had this person Donald John Trump, we allowed the Democrats to use the China FLU/ coronavirus to steal the election right away from us. We are like sheep when something scares us we go hide in a corner. This is all part of the NEW GREAT RESET. Say goodbye to the America we grow up in. Praying for better days.

Don S
9 months ago

Whatever became of investigations into Hunter? Don’t seem to hear much

Kelly Nosko
9 months ago

These universities asked the CDC for viable samples. The cdc said we don’t have any.
They are now suing the CDC.

Barry Courtnay
9 months ago
Reply to  Kelly Nosko

I have not heard this story yet. I will look into this more.

Kelly Nosko
9 months ago

How come AMAC is not saying anything about the 7 Universities in California that tested 1500 samples of the virus and found only influenza A and B. NO EVIDENCE OF CORONA.
Of course resident joe will give money to China after all they gave him a boat load.

richard arveaux
9 months ago

If it helps China in any way Ole Joe is all in. We have to get him where he belongs. In retirement forever. Then Impeach Toes Up Harris.

9 months ago

It was biowarfare, pure and simple.

Rickie Darrell Kennedy
9 months ago

. . . I don’t think that China has earned ANY respect from the United States and I definitely don’t want my taxpayer money to back anything they have to offer. I do however, believe the coronavirus was produced and released from the Wuhan Lab and that it was intentional. I also believe the second strand of the corona virus was also produced and released from the Wuhan Lab. Intentionally.
. . . To fund such dangerous lab research is against the will of the people of the USA and to back such research with tax payer’s money is not only against our will it should also be considered an act of war against America. Thus, making the people responsible for the funding, traitors against America. I also believe China’s release of the corona virus, an act of bio chemical warfare against the world and they must accept the responsibility for their actions.
. . . I also noticed they turned it loose on China’s own population and that their population recovered faster than other countries that were infected. Thus, I think they MAY have an antidote for the virus but are not willing to share it with the world.
. . . Conspiracy theory you think ? Maybe. But it’s worth checking out. Another thing worth checking out is; why Biden has such close ties with China and is still president of the United States while he is trying to bring communism to America? Last but not least; Why was the election rigged, we have the proof, more than enough evidence, and we still can’t get the evidence to court? Conclusion; the courts are also rigged. Joe Biden does not belong as our president until this evidence makes its way to and is dismissed by a Supreme Court that is constitutional and not paid for.

Phyllis Poole
9 months ago

AND SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?! We need answers.

Rickie Kennedy
9 months ago
Reply to  Phyllis Poole

Get Trump Back! Get rid of Biden! The only way I know how to do that is to prove the election was a fraud. We must prove that Biden does NOT belong in the White House legally. Therefore, he had no authority to pass any Executive Orders nor laws under his occupation of the White House. Sounds like it’s too late for that? Maybe? But maybe, if we can get justice now before it gets 3 or 4 months down the trail. Biden is bringing communism to our country, and he is destroying our American way of life. He must be stopped. Biden doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as it’s not his illegal aliens or as I like to
put it, his future voters. He wants his New World order no matter what or who he hurts along the way. We should all recognize that by now. Agreed?
. . . We can’t impeach Biden and Harris because the presidency will then pass to the third in charge. We all know that would be Pelosi. That would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. No, in order to stop this, we must to destroy Biden and his dreams of globalism. In the long run we must show the world what corruption can do to a country.
. . . So, impeachment is out the window. Again, we must prove Biden doesn’t belong in the white house. We must prove election fraud. We have the evidence, hundreds of sworn testimonies, video’s, plenty of expert analysis of the machines, dead voters. duplicate voters, voters from unauthorized districts, surges in votes for Biden, illegal votes from other countries even. We have the evidence. The election was a fraud, period.
. . . The big “IF” is, can we get the evidence to court. We went before a prejudice court once and they said it was a frivolous accusation and wouldn’t even look at the evidence. Apparently, everybody gave up on the first try. We need to be, no we demand to be heard in a fair court of law where we can get an honest judgement, a constitutional court, one that isn’t paid for by the oppressors. At least a court that will look at the evidence. We didn’t get a fair shake on the first try.
. . . We need a big push from the people of America and every government official that we can get to move this evidence forward into a court of law. Write your congressmen and women and don’t forget your senators and governors. Stand in the streets protesting this outrageous and corrupt election from all corners of the world. We want a fair trial!!

David P Nelson
9 months ago

This is, yet, another reason why Conservative people need to STOP this Funding from happening. We need to attend to our own Backyard before we can assist others.

Robert H. Boyne II
9 months ago

The Chinese government that is responsible for 100s of thousands in US deaths and still rising and allowed (if not unleashed) this plague on our country and the world is going to receive my tax dollars? I say that they should receive some things from one of our bio-chem labs.

9 months ago

We got to get Joe Biden out of office he is destroying this Country.

Pattie Miller
9 months ago

This is apprehensible. They should be paying us!

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