Health Institute Headed By Fauci Grants New Funds To EcoHealth Alliance For Coronavirus Research

EcoHealth Alliance has been awarded $3.3 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to fund coronavirus research.

NIAID, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, granted the money to EcoHealth Alliance to analyze “the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”

EcoHealth Alliance and its president, Peter Daszak, have been in the headlines for their coronavirus experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China leading up to the pandemic. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), among others, has suggested that their gain-of-function experiments may have resulted in a lab leak that led to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci has staunchly defended EcoHealth Alliance, assuring the public that they did not conduct gain-of-function research. Leaked emails indicate that Daszak thanked Fauci for dismissing the claims.

The description of the grant specifies that they chose the areas of study based on the likelihood of spillover from wildlife into the human population.

“The overarching goal of our work is to analyze the behavioral and environmental risk factors for spillover of novel CoVs, identify wildlife-to-human spillover events, assess the risk and drivers of community transmission and spread, and test potential public health interventions to disrupt spillover and spread,” reads the grant description.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced a bill last week to prohibit the government from funding EcoHealth Alliance.

“Giving taxpayer money to EcoHealth to study pandemic prevention is like paying a suspected arsonist to conduct fire safety inspections,” Ernst told reporters. “NIH got it right when it canceled the funding for the experiments EcoHealth Alliance was conducting with China’s state-run Wuhan Institute.”

“In addition to violating multiple federal laws, EcoHealth has still not turned over documents about these dangerous studies that NIH has requested on multiple occasions that could offer vital clues to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ernst added.

In addition to the $3.3 million grant, NIAID awarded EcoHealth Alliance with another grant entitled, “Understanding Risk of Zoonotic Virus Emergence in EID Hotspots of Southeast Asia.”

In 2022 alone, EcoHealth Alliance will receive $1,504,400 in funding for this grant.

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