The House of Representatives voted to defund the EcoHealth Alliance, the non-profit responsible for providing the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) with American tax dollars.
The amendment, which was passed as a component of 2022’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), will keep any federal funds from ending up in the coffers of Dr. Peter Daszak run EcoHealth Alliance, which funneled millions of dollars in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Chinese lab.
“It is deeply disturbing that EcoHealth Alliance funneled American taxpayer dollars to support dangerous and potentially deadly research at the WIV, a laboratory run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and tied to military biological research and the probable origin of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn).
“I am proud to lead this effort to end the flow of defense funding to EcoHealth Alliance, and I thank my colleagues for including my amendment in the defense authorization bill and ensuring Americans’ hard-earned money never again funds risky experiments in labs operated by our adversaries,” he continued.
A new leaked document revealed that scientists at the WIV planned to genetically enhance airborne coronaviruses and release “novel chimeric spike proteins” into caves of bats in China. They also wanted to alter the viruses to be more infectious to humans by splicing into “human-specific cleavage sites” to bat coronaviruses.
British scientist Peter Daszak, who questionably was allowed to investigate the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China as representative of the World Health Organization, despite his clear conflict of interest, championed the scientists 2018 proposal.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) had previously granted $37.5 million to the EcoHealth Alliance, but refused to fork over $14 million, over the possibility that the Chinese scientists could make a virus more transmissible and pathogenic, through gain-of-function research.
“It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk,” DARPA said in the rejection, which was released on Tuesday by a group of scientists trying to discover the origins of COVID-19.
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