Chinese lab probed in COVID-19 outbreak to receive US funds until 2024: report


By Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post

February 19, 2021


The Wuhan Institute of Virology ?the Chinese lab being investigated for possibly leaking the coronavirus ?has been authorized to receive US taxpayer funding for animal research through 2024, according to a report.


Prior to the outbreak, researchers at the lab had been studying bat-based coronaviruses in a project partially supported by $600,000 in US government funding routed from the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, the Daily Caller reported.


EcoHealth president Peter Daszak ?the only American member of a World Health Organization delegation that recently visited China to probe the origins of the pandemic ?said the US should accept WHO抯 preliminary conclusion that it was highly unlikely the deadly bug could have leaked from the lab, according to the outlet...


... The NGO抯 work studying bat-based coronaviruses in China was funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported...


... Anthony Bellotti, president of the nonpartisan watchdog group White Coat Waste Project, told DCNF that EcoHealth should be completely stripped of funding for backing 搑eckless gain-of-function animal experiments that may have led to the COVID-19 pandemic?..