President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense has awarded EcoHealth Alliance a $3 million multi-year grant, despite the company’s connections to the Wuhan lab that likely caused the pandemic.
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) $3 million funding of EcoHealth Alliance began on December 12, 2022, and will end on December 11, 2025, according to USA Spending, the official source for the U.S. government’s spending data.
The grant will reportedly be used by EcoHealth Alliance to “reduce the threat of viral spillover from wildlife in the Philippines.”
According to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), otherwise known as Assistance Listings, the funding is part of scientific research that is aimed at “combatting weapons of mass destruction.”
The program’s objective is to “support and stimulate basic, applied, and advanced research at educational or research institutions, non-profit organizations, and commercial firms, which support the advancement of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the sciences with an emphasis on exploring new and innovative research for combating or countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).”
EcoHealth Alliance’s grant was given directly by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), an agency within the DOD.
The DTRA’s stated mission is to “provide cross-cutting solutions to enable the Department of Defense, the United States Government, and international partners to Deter strategic attack against the United States and its allies; Prevent, reduce, and counter WMD and emerging threats; and Prevail against WMD-armed adversaries in crisis and conflict.”
According to further data from USA Spending, EcoHealth Alliance has been receiving U.S. taxpayer dollars since 2008.
https://t.co/hBujcD6PyW reports that EcoHealth Alliance, despite possibly having caused the pandemic and definitely having repeatedly and gravely violated terms of a US-government grant, currently has 12 active US-government grants and contracts, totaling more than $34 million. https://t.co/XZ7m53Mr1g pic.twitter.com/HZ4Tb6K7Gn
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The company was given nearly $25 million by the U.S. government in 2020. The total amount of funding for EcoHealth Alliance over the years amounts to roughly $79.4 million, nearly 48% of which came from the DTRA for the purpose of “combatting weapons of mass destruction.”
The DTRA has reportedly provided more than 52% of EcoHealth Alliance’s total funding coming from the U.S. government.
This $3 million grant isn’t the only funding given to EcoHealth Alliance last year, as Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) also provided $3.3 million in funding in September 2022, which is to be used over five years.
Meanwhile, EcoHealth Alliance has been accused of carrying out gain-of-function experiments at the lab in Wuhan, China.