A measure to defund the group that reportedly funneled funds to the lab in Wuhan just took a major step forward.
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., introduced a measure that was adopted into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 this week, meaning it has a good chance of getting through Congress.
The measure defunds EcoHealth Alliance, a group that received grant money from the National Institutes of Health.
“It is deeply disturbing that EcoHealth Alliance funneled American taxpayer dollars to support dangerous and potentially deadly research at the WIV, a laboratory run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and tied to military biological research and the probable origin of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Reschenthaler. “I am proud to lead this effort to end the flow of defense funding to EcoHealth Alliance, and I thank my colleagues for including my amendment in the defense authorization bill and ensuring Americans’ hard-earned money never again funds risky experiments in labs operated by our adversaries.”
Allegations that the Wuhan lab received federal grant money to research technology that may have led to the COVID outbreak helped fuel this effort.
“Congressman Reschenthaler uncovered $1.1 million in Obama-era taxpayer funding funneled to the WIV through the EcoHealth Alliance,” Reschenthaler’s office said. “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded this funding for a study that utilized gain-of-function (GOF) research to create a hybrid, man-made virus by inserting a spiked protein from a wild coronavirus into a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone, which could infect human airways by binding to the ACE2. According to recent testimony from House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the WIV is ‘more likely than not’ origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Nonetheless, Anthony Fauci and the NIH have maintained there was no direct link between government funding and the Wuhan Institute.