Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has just handed over a new five-year grant to EcoHealth Alliance to study the “potential for future bat coronavirus.”
EcoHealth Alliance is headed up by Peter Daszak and is the research nonprofit at the focal point of the lab leak investigation into the causes of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding has been exposed over the last three days by academics and journalists. On Friday, Rutgers University Professor of Chemical Biology Richard Ebright posted a tweet noting that the new grant, worth $3.3 million over five years, had been awarded ten days previously. He described the subject matter of the grant as “high-risk virus discovery research in bats in southeast Asia.’
Including supplying “viral sequences and isolates for use in vaccine development”?
Nope. Not a joke.
The joke, apparently, is on us. pic.twitter.com/b4p2fORn0u
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) October 2, 2022
Journalist Alex Berenson posted a tweet saying, “Please tell me this is a joke.” He added a screenshot of the grant award.
Reports disclosed that the description of the project the grant funds as: “Analyzing the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.” The description of the program indicates that it plans to investigate locations with “serological evidence of novel CoV exposure.”
The description goes on to say the research will analyze “risk factors for spillover of novel CoVs” and “assess the risk and drivers of community transmission and spread.”
EcoHealth Alliance’s grant application reportedly says that the research will “provide detailed information on the risk of future CoV spillover.” The group also said that the project will assist in the development of “prototype pathogen vaccines.”
The group led by Daszak was the same organization that conducted bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology operated by the Chinese government. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has led Congressional investigations into that work and has said that EcoHealth conducted gain-of-function experimentation on coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab. EcoHealth is also at the center of allegations that COVID-19 originated as a result of a leak from that lab.
Previously disclosed emails indicate that Daszak personally thanked Fauci for publicly discrediting the Wuhan lab leak theory as the cause of the pandemic.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a bill last week that would prohibit any taxpayer funding of work done by EcoHealth Alliance. She said funding the group is “like paying a suspected arsonist to conduct fire safety inspections.”