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EcoHealth Alliance’s Controversial Bat Coronavirus Research Gets New Funding from Biden

EcoHealth Alliance’s Controversial Bat Coronavirus Research Gets New Funding from Biden

Republicans slam ‘absolutely reckless’ decision to fund bat research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, thought to be the point source for the covid pandemic.

Legal Insurrection readers will recall our posts on EcoHealth Alliance, which conducted bat virus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Currently, one of the theories about the origin of covid is that a bat coronavirus was accidentally leaked in possibly two separate incidents.

EcoHealth Alliance was a major participant in that research.

Starting in 2014, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, funded the New York-based research nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance with annual grants through 2020 for “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.”

…Tabak’s letter asserts that the modified virus becoming more virulent “was an unexpected result” and not “something that the researchers set out to do” — an odd claim, considering that the whole point of manipulating the virus was to investigate things that could make it more virulent.

The group’s grant was terminated under the Trump administration after it was revealed that American taxpayer dollars were used to pay for EcoHealth’s activities at the WIV, which conducts risky gain-of-function research – the intentional alteration of viruses to make them more infectious or deadly. The Biden administration has decided to go ahead and resume the research funding.

“Three years after then-President Donald Trump pressured the National Institutes of Health to suspend a research grant to a U.S. group studying bat coronaviruses with partners in China, the agency has restarted the award,” advises a report from Science, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“The new 4-year grant is a stripped-down version of the original grant to the EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit research organization in New York City, providing $576,000 per year. That 2014 award included funding for controversial experiments that mixed parts of different bat viruses related to severe acute respiratory syndrome, the coronavirus that sparked a global outbreak in 2002–04, and included a subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The new award omits those studies, and also imposes extensive new accounting rules on EcoHealth, which drew criticism from government auditors for its bookkeeping practices,” the report said.

Peter Daszak, EcoHealth’s director, said his embattled group is pleased.

“Now we have the ability to finally get back to work,” he said, according to the report.

EcoHealth Alliance will get $2.3 million over the next four years to work on ‘bat-origin coronaviruses.’ The decision to go forward with the funding is being slammed by Republicans.

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that found multiple serious violations by EcoHealth of the contractual terms and conditions of the NIH grant, slammed the ‘absolutely reckless’ decision.

‘It’s absolutely reckless that the NIH has renewed a grant for EcoHealth Alliance given their negligence and the breach of their contract with the NIH on the coronavirus research done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,’ said Griffith in a statement to Tuesday.

…Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told Tuesday that the renewal of the NIH grant fails the ‘COVID smell test.’

‘Giving another penny to EcoHealth to conduct studies on coronaviruses doesn’t pass the COVID smell test,’ she said.

‘Ecohealth has already betrayed the trust of American taxpayers by funneling funds to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology for risky experiments on bat coronaviruses that may have unleashed the COVID-19 pandemic on the world. Americans deserve accountability, which is why it’s past time to defund EcoHealth.’

Daszak, the head of the group, promises there will be no recombinant DNA work that will occur.

According to the grant award, the main thrust of the research is to “understand what factors allow bat-origin coronaviruses, including close relatives to Sars, to jump into humans” by studying their evolutionary diversity, patterns of spillover and genetic diversity.

The work “will produce reagents and genetic sequences that can be used to test vaccines and therapeutics to fight future pandemics, and hotspot maps that can be used to target surveillance and control measures”, it says.

Dr Daszak said the work was unlikely to show how the pandemic started, although stored human blood human samples held by EcoHealth may provide “clues”.

“We are not going to do any recombinant virus work. We’re not going to subcontract to Wuhan or any other organisation in China but we are going to use the results from our previous work that no one’s had access to,” he said.

Personally, I am looking forward to hearing about how the next pandemic from China originated from raccoon dogs.


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henrybowman | May 11, 2023 at 7:21 pm

It’s like American citizens are Grandma, and the Biden Administration is the adolescent grandson who lives with her, and he’s discovering that he can bully and abuse her in increasingly more egregious ways, and she isn’t capable of doing a damn thing to stop him.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | May 12, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Biden has always been a bully. His handlers and our Irish friends should not have been so shocked by his outburst this past week.

    He’s cut from the same cloth as Dingy-Harry Reid, and Chuck-y Schumer.

After the last few years, did anyone actually expect that pedophile to do anything good for americans?

They are going to need another health crisis before 2024 if Sundowner wants to win.

Reward for bringing about the pandemic and showing the Democrats/globalists the way to a totalitarian future.

What a dumb a)$

JackinSilverSpring | May 11, 2023 at 11:24 pm

Hasn’t this research done enough damage, and especially hasn’t the recipient, EcoHealth? It is mind-boggling stupid to continue this research with this company. This should become an election for the Republicans in 2024.

henrybowman | May 12, 2023 at 12:43 am

“Peter Daszak, EcoHealth’s director, said his embattled group is pleased.
“Now we have the ability to finally get back to work,” he said, according to the report.”

Work? You should be doing hard time, you psychopathic butcher.

E Howard Hunt | May 12, 2023 at 8:12 am

Come on, man. What’s the worst that can happen?

It makes sense that we need to know how to avoid another bat virus panicdemic but sending money (again) to China to be part of that process is stupid to the point of being a vector for worldwide suicide.

Ebenezer Scrooge wanted to decrease the surplus population. Never in his wildest fantasies would he have thought of this.

VaGentleman | May 12, 2023 at 1:50 pm

The next edition of the Art of War will have a chapter on convincing your enemy to pay for your bioweapons research.