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

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The 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.”

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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

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Garye
Garye
3 years ago

Such absurdity!
China joe stealing taxpayers money again!

PETER R. MUNRO
PETER R. MUNRO
3 years ago

WTF????????????????

M. Hearm
M. Hearm
3 years ago

Funding of Wuhan or anything else in China should be highly opposed. The ones that are in favor of HELPING China with tax payers money should be removed from office.

lillian
lillian
3 years ago

What do you expect from a crook that is our LEADER (joke). Maybe Nixon was just a bad boy.

‘Nonymous
‘Nonymous
3 years ago

Why the hell is the tax payer backing our own undoin! Let Gates and his “mini me” Fauci pay for their own dirty deeds!

Melody
Melody
3 years ago

I find this disgusting! I bet Gates and Fauci
are involved.

Linda
Linda
3 years ago

It all puts money into the Biden families pockets and the left is too ignorant to see it!

klr
klr
3 years ago

No one is going to be held accountable . This is just one of the many examples of the direction the new administration is going.

Art A
Art A
3 years ago

???? FAUCI IS PART OF NIH! WTF ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW????? No masks-some masks-how much distancing- how many “shots” are effective? How long do these “emergency authorized” vaccinations last? Granted this may be new ground. FAUCI IS OUR VIRUS FATHER?

Bob L.
Bob L.
3 years ago

Fauci had already sent about $15 million in two payments to the biowarfare lab before the pandemic erupted. I guess he’s going to fund stage two.

David Bennett
David Bennett
3 years ago

The Wuhan lab was the source of the Covid 19 virus. In my opinion, this is a biological agent developed in their lab under authrity of the CCP.
This has been used as a weapon to bring down the Presidency of Donal Trump in retaliation for his stance on trade agreements with China. They do not want a fair trade agreement and would risk hundreds od thousands of deaths as collateral damage in order to impose their trade and political practices on the US and the world.

Biden and his family, along with other political agents such as Congressman Stallwell will sell the US down the road to enrich themselves with money, power, and sex.

Josephine pooley
Josephine pooley
3 years ago

Please stop this madness!

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

The DNC hasn’t finished paying the Wuhan Institute for the first Virus the lab made for them and now they want more? Wuhan should make the DNC completely pay for their first order (COVID-19) before making a new one for them.

Tikvah
Tikvah
3 years ago

Fauci needs to be gone. This is insanity at it’s worst!

Patricia A Williams
Patricia A Williams
3 years ago

Why can’t taxpayer money be spent in the US for research. Funding China lab should be stopped.

Barb
Barb
3 years ago

We should not be funding research from China. Finance US labs .

Barbara D
Barbara D
3 years ago

We must do some heavy housecleaning next election. But first, stop the use of ANY voting machines!!! For years I have voted by mail, but returned the completed ballots for me and my family IN PERSON AT THE POLLS!!! Never use mail. Not all mailmen are trustworthy and your vote can end up in a trash can. This is sad commentary on the world we live in today. Apparently honesty, ethics and kindness are not taught to children in all households, which is why our prisons are filled with lawbreakers.

Felix
Felix
3 years ago

The United States government is stupid and crazy. We give millions of money to CHINA???? Are we using the money that we borrow from CHINA to give them and WHO money that we pay interest on?? This administration, and our Federal Government are the laughing stock of the world. The next thing they want to do is reenter the Iran deal so Iran can made good on there promise to wipe Israel off the map and cause death to the “Great Satin”, the United States.. God help us!

Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez
3 years ago

The Chinese government needs to be held accountable to the world for trillions of dollars of loss of revenue wages , and punitive damages

sandy acosta
sandy acosta
3 years ago

Blessings to Anthony Bellotli and the White Coat Waste Project! Source goes to Cha pel Hills biological warfare lab? Obama, Fauci, Gates, Soros, etc. involved? Millions of dollars involved but worst is mained and dead persons. Animal Farm is mantra of the New World Ordor [not order}. Allpigs are Equal but SOME PIGS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS! Truth is blowing out of the volcano of lies and will not be hidden any longer! AND what happened to the real influenza? Where did it go? Start with Robert Kennedy, Jr., Dr, Mike Adams, Bolen Report, Jon Rappoport, LifeSiteNews, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny,Dr. Judy Mikovits, Minister Louis Farrakhan of nation of Islam, Dr. Andrew Wakefield just to name a few. Also Dr. Bixr blabbed how they kept info from Pres, Trump regarding covid-19. Their monsterous egos blowing THEM out of the swamp. May God Bless All of us as the soul is the “morsel” satan is after and WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN! Sandy Acosta

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

THERE IS NO NEXT ELECTION!! if this voter fraud is allowed to stand then the “FLIPPING MACHINES” WILL GUARANTEE THAT ONLY LOYAL SOCIALIST DRONES WILL WIN EVERY ELECTION, there is proof that this election was rigged, unfortunately SO ARE THE COURTS, EVEN SCOTUS CANNOT BE TRUSTED, THEY PROVED THAT CLEARLY BY NOT TAKING THIS MOST IMPORTANT CASE EVER PRESENTED TO THEM! THEY MUST BE STOPPED NOW!!! OR WE ARE DOOMED TO SERVITUDE AND OPPRESSION.

Anthony Dell'Isola
Anthony Dell'Isola
3 years ago

Why would the NIH allow this, unless there is someone from the NIH controlled by China.

MParis
MParis
3 years ago

???????? TRUMP 2022 Florida ????????

John Earley
John Earley
3 years ago

Nothing will change.
But figure out how you can legally minimize what you pay each year to the federal government.
While you have no way of knowing if YOUR dollars went for any of this craziness you can have the feeling that your dollars went for government essential expenses, e.g. military, etc.
Helps you from not going nuts about all this stuff.

Burton Pauly
Burton Pauly
3 years ago

WTF is the tax payers having to fund the Chinese lab for? That is just stupid. It is just like letting the Fox in the hen house.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

USA should NOT be funding any of this! USA needs to withdraw and no longer fund anything that has to do with China in any way shape or form!!

Eddie
Eddie
3 years ago

If I walked out of a store with unpaid merchandise, the police would haul me off. Why, in Gods Name, are these elitists getting away with murder (literally)? We have been witnessing this crap since the Clintons. Now look where we are. It’s time for the people to take the reigns. The upper eschilon is doing NOTHING. What happened to law in this country?

Greg
Greg
3 years ago

What was/will be the end result? China has experimented with biological warfare and found out what the world’s reaction would be, how the population reacted and was affected and if they could claim it was accidental. Lo and behold, they got by with it, don’t even need any excuses and nobody is holding them accountable. Trump tried and was promptly removed from office. To top it off, we are again financing their experiments. A work of fiction would be completely dismissed as improbable, but here it is in real life and it’s almost celebrated.

Hotnike
Hotnike
3 years ago

What the HELL is wrong with our “leaders”??

Lucy
Lucy
3 years ago

From a couple of articles and news programs, I recently learned that because of the danger of contagion, the Obama administration placed a moratorium on any continued “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab in 2014. However, Daszak and Dr. Fauci have continued to approve it! How can this be?

Cynthia Wilks
Cynthia Wilks
3 years ago

This is absolutely disgusting. We are still funding WHO with our tax dollars. This administration has their priorities confused. The White House works for the American citizens not China.

MariaRose
MariaRose
3 years ago

As I understand it, a grant is funding given to a lab, to achieve a certain goal expectancy. A grant funding can be stopped at any given time, so for the USA committee to be not concerned about the current situation, sounds like proceedings occurred as expected, maybe a bit faster than predicted. What we need to do, is to understand the reasoning and who’s profiting from this, starting with the top politicians who are not telling the whole story. I hate to say this, but it sounds like an effort for depopulation giving no choice to some over a pre-selected group. And they are letting the progressive screaming individuals rant their own reasoning to cover the real reason.

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
3 years ago

Heck, I’m not so sure it was an “accidental” release. I have no doubt that China has been and still is working on biological weapons and the Chinese government has zero respect for human life (except their own, of course). That virus has apparently caused far more damage outside of China leading me to suspect that China had some level of immunization already developed before the virus was released or that the virus was bio-engineered to affect other non-Asian races worse. Now we hear that we are paying that lab?? Yes, I could be wrong. But I am highly suspicious of China knowing they have world domination planned and consider us their primary adversary.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

China and the WHO will not be held accountable for their diabolical and cataclysmic endeavors to change humanity on the earth. They will continue their plotting and scheming toward world domination. The shear gall of the UN and the nations leaders to simply turn a cheek and ask,”May I have another.” This is truly deplorable

Naomi Carlson
Naomi Carlson
3 years ago

Americans should NOT be funding animal research in any foreign country, Just ridiculous. Our citizens’ life and liberty come first and foremost,

pam clymer
pam clymer
3 years ago

Why are we giving any taxpayer money to any foreign countries when Americans are struggling??!!

Mandy
Mandy
3 years ago

So the US borrows from China to keep our country going but then the US turns around and gives money to the Wuhan Lab?????

This makes no sense and should make Americans wake up and take notice of what is going on with our leadership.

Doug Rauscher
Doug Rauscher
3 years ago

We funded the outbreak and will continue to keep funding until 2024. You have to be kidding. What’s wrong with our government? We should have cancelled that funding long ago. We are stupid.

Mandy
Mandy
3 years ago

Do we really need further proof that Communism through the leadership of the DNC has infiltrated the US government and they now are working very hard to take us down. Think about the big money laundered to the Biden’s from Communist China. Not to mention the corrupt Clintons and Obama leadership and their Communist background.

Communists in action is what Antifa and the other Dem protesters are. Kamela has Communism in her background. Removing our historical statues is part of the Communist plan of removing a country’s history.

The leadership of the Democrat Party is Communist—Nancy Pelosi’s mentor was Vivian Halinan whose far left lawyer husband defended communists and hosted parties for the CPUSA. America better wake up you’re under assault from within by people who are funded by foreign sources.

I refer to it as the Communist DNC as most of the leadership are Communists. I don’t say this lightly. Why I believe this is can be found in the book “You Can Still Trust the Communists (to be Communists).pdf The book can be found for free online by searching the title. The first 20 pages or so are slow reading but after that, I couldn’t put the book down. An update hard copy version of this book by David Noebel can be found online This book reminded me about Bill Clinton’s desire to visit Russia and Russia allowed him in.

This book states the USSR only allowed those to visit that they believed they could use and then
remember, they gave permission for Bill Clinton to visit when he was a Rhodes scholar.
Bernie Sanders was able to visit. People should ask, why were these two men were so infatuated with Russia.

Obama also has Communism in his upbringing. Remember Obama and Michelle hung Mao Christmas ornaments on the White House tree and no one made a big deal out it.

Open borders policy is part of it also as the US wouldn’t know how many schools, hospitals etc we would need for the country and the open borders crowd would rebuild as the desired totalitarian country they want, it would create chaos, bring down The Covid-19 pandemic should put the Democrats open borders policy to rest forever. We need borders and we need them secured. But now the borders are open again and Biden is not even testing these folks which make me believe the Covid virus was …..what? A hoax?

These Dems are working to destroy our country by creating chaos (Antifa) as well as attempting to remove history (statues, renaming schools as Feinstein did by even taking her own name off of one) & they have already taken over education. The outline for what is happening now is in the book I noted above. My grandparents fled Communism a hundred years ago and now it is here. After the US is taken over, there is no where else to do.

Steven King
Steven King
3 years ago

How wunnerful it is that we give them funding so that they can produce the next bio agent they want to try on the world.

Charlotte A Mahin
Charlotte A Mahin
3 years ago

Heartbreaking and evil are the words that come to mind when I see how the Communist Democrats in DC are hell-bent on destroying our country, Their and alas, many in DC are taking money from the Chinese Communists in order to line their own pockets. These disgusting people first steal the election and before we can even catch our breath, they have begun to destroy all that we had before they began their quest. The lying hateful words from their collective mouths are beyond horrible. We need strong Conservatives in DC (there are still some left) who will stand up to these monsters. And now we don’t even have our biggest patriot and truth-teller, Rush Limbaugh to assist in our fight to remain free.

JJS
JJS
3 years ago

Can somebody tell us what we can do to stop this funding?

Charlotte A Mahin
Charlotte A Mahin
3 years ago

Forgot to mention that I believe our Communist Democrats in DC actually had a heavy hand in initiating Covid-19 to help them along with the China Regime to take over the world. Didn’t want to believe this at first but since they have now been in power for two months, I think is a 99% possibility.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

NO, they created the virus , we dont want more, have enough with damn virus mutations & we help China plan more plagues. NO, end funding

Cris
Cris
3 years ago

The U.S. government accuses China of the mass internment of up to 2 million members of mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups and now rewards China with taxpayer money. Unbelievable

Dwight Lebsack
Dwight Lebsack
3 years ago

It seems that the Obiden admin is rallying around the white flag instead of the American flag.

Chuck
Chuck
3 years ago

Amazing how the Chinese virus is conveniently morphed into an “accidental leak” when Senator Cotton intimated it was a bio weapon a year ago.

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

What next, Chinese language courses at U.S. taxpayer expense?

Sharon Harrigan
Sharon Harrigan
3 years ago

I have purposes to NEVER buy anything made in China. I believe those who do are not being faithful to America. Stop buying their products, please.

Roger Haines
Roger Haines
3 years ago

Why can’t that research be done in America and keep the dollars here?

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