The Department of Education is investigating the University of Texas System for its association with a bio laboratory in Wuhan, China. (Daily Wire)
The Wuhan lab is a suspected source of the coronavirus that has infected millions of people and killed hundreds of thousands. The virus has also prompted large-scale shutdowns of the world’s economy and initiated a global recession.
Federal investigators have requested the UT System hand over all documents related to contracts with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and researcher Shi Zhengli, who specializes in bats, according to The Wall Street Journal. The investigation is part of a broader effort to examine UT’s potential links to Beijing and about two-dozen Chinese state-owned companies, as well as with Zoom Communications’ CEO Eric Yuan.
UT is working on a reply to the Education Department’s request. Yuan has denied ever working personally with UT.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the coronavirus pandemic began in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. President Trump said Thursday that he has seen evidence that gives him a “high degree of confidence” that the virus originated in the Wuhan lab.
UT Systems compromise eight separate academic institutions. The University of Texas at Austin is the oldest.