NIH Gives New Grant To EcoHealth Alliance For Bat Coronaviruses

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted another $600,000 to EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO run by Peter Daszak that has been linked to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The grant was approved on September 21 by the Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and will focus on Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Critics of the new grant, specifically GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, are stunned by the timing and recipient of the grant. Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), the GOP leader of the committee, was particularly taken aback by news of EcoHealth receiving more federal funding.

“EcoHealth Alliance and Peter Daszak should not be getting a dime of taxpayer funds until they are completely transparent. Period. This is madness,” Rodgers said. “This further intensifies our extensive commitment on the Energy and Commerce Committee to ensure accountability from the National Institutes of Health for its role in supporting taxpayer-funded risky research without proper oversight of its grantees. The NIH must restore trust with the American people who deserve every assurance that research dollars are spent with the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and biosafety standards that meet the goal of preventing the next pandemic.”

According to Fox News, EcoHealth was previously given $4.7 million from USAID. At least a portion of that funding was given as a “subaward” to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NIH has even accused EcoHealth, in the past, of failing to report its findings in a timely manner. The findings in question were from research done regarding bat coronaviruses, and yet the NIH has given the same organization money again for the same thing.

There are theories that accuse EcoHealth and Daszak of actively helping to create the current pandemic, and even though they are nothing more than theories, the fact that another grant was awarded to this company and its leader shows the tone-deaf nature of democratic politics in the federal government.

In response to the new grant, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) immediately introduced a bill that would ensure EcoHealth will never again be awarded another NIH grant. The bill includes this passage: “no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc, including any subsidiaries and related organizations that are directly controlled by EcoHealth Alliance, Inc.”

“Giving taxpayer money to EcoHealth to study pandemic prevention is like paying a suspected arsonist to conduct fire safety inspections,” Ernst said.