Covid-19 Wuhan Virology Lab is Nonetheless Eligible for US Grant Funding – What’s Fallacious With It?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to The Daily Caller, one of the Wuhan laboratories, which many suspect is a possible cause of the Covid-19 outbreak, could apply for a grant tomorrow and would be eligible for a US taxpayer-funded grant.

Wuhan Lab eligible to receive US tax dollars through 2024, NIH confirms

  • According to the National Institute of Health, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is entitled to receive taxpayers’ money for animal experiments until January 2024.
  • WIV received US $ 600,000 in tax money from the non-profit group EcoHealth Alliance between 2014 and 2019 to investigate bat-based coronaviruses.
  • The President of the EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the only US member of the World Health Organization delegation that investigated the origins of COVID-19 in China.
  • Daszak said the White House should blindly accept WHO’s determination that it is highly unlikely that COVID-19 has accidentally leaked out of EI.

Feb. 16, 20218: 10 p.m. ET

The grant was canceled in April by the National Institutes of Health due to criticism of the EcoHealth Alliance’s relationship with EIF. The NIH said in a letter that the nonprofit’s work in China is inconsistent with “the agency’s program objectives and priorities.”

The NIH notified the EcoHealth Alliance in July that it would restore the grant if it met certain conditions. One of these was to have an independent team investigate the WIV to see if it was in possession of the SARS-COV-2 virus prior to known cases in December 2019.

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Shi Zhengli, director of infectious disease research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was one of the authors of a 2015 study describing the development of “chimeric” bat viruses. “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for development in humans”.

The study involved the deliberate generation of potentially dangerous human pathogens using bat virus material to investigate how many steps were required for a deadly bat virus to develop into a deadly human pathogen. The study includes the following warning: “The potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk create more dangerous pathogens“.

The study’s authors were pleased that they had successfully created a pathogen that showed “robust replication” in human lung cells – an artificial human pathogen based on a bat virus that did a really good job of ripping through tissue cultures of human lung cells.

However, there have been reports of major problems in the laboratory. In 2018, according to The Daily Telegraph, US scientists in China warned the State Department that the laboratory’s security procedures were inadequate:

A delicate but unclassified cord, dated 19th January 2018, obtained from the Washington Post, revealed that Scientists and diplomats from the US Embassy in Beijing visited the laboratory and sent warnings back to Washington inadequate security practices and management weaknesses in bat coronavirus research.

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Circumstantial evidence like this is not evidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the Covid-19 outbreak, but given the reports of negligence and connection to dangerous experiments and the proximity of the laboratory to the first recorded cases, do you believe that this is the case Should people ever get a penny of US taxpayer money again?

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