Both the United States and Canada have sent money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is a Chinese lab that is likely to be a source of the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, according to resources, not without the Canadian funding coming as recently as last month.
According to sources, there is increasing confidence the novel coronavirus likely escaped from the Wuhan laboratory. There it was being studied, with a worker spreading it to the larger population.
Earlier, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced millions in funding to develop vaccines and tests to combat COVID-19. One project that got $828,046 from the agency suppose to develop a rapid coronavirus test. Among the organizations on the project was the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“The collaborative research is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of virologists, chemists, infectious disease specialists, front-line practitioners, and public health researchers from the University of Alberta, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Wuhan Institute of Virology (China),” a backgrounder detailing where the Canadian government’s grant money was going reads. “Our team members in Wuhan who currently perform the standard diagnostic tests will lead this effort.”
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The Canadian news site Rebel News first reported on the grant.
This comes after recent reports, of millions of dollars in U.S. government grants funding research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in recent years, news that has upset multiple members of Congress.
“There is zero doubt that the Chinese communist government has American blood on its hands. They put American lives at risk by covering up the origin and scope of the coronavirus crisis,” Sen. Martha McSally.
She continued: “The NIH must immediately stop deploying American tax dollars to China for this dangerous research. I’m also leading congressional efforts to ensure no coronavirus relief payments—intended to help American taxpayers and businesses—are misspent in China. The Chinese government must take resoinsibility for this crisis.”
The White Coat Waste Project published documents revealing this. It appears, the Wuhan Institute of Virology participated in the research funded by $7.1 million worth of U.S. government grants. They came from the National Institutes of Health as it has participated in projects in collaboration with U.S. institutions. One grant for research on bat coronaviruses has received $3.7 million; another grant involving injecting viruses into mice’s brains got $3.4 million.
It is not clear exactly how much U.S. funding went directly to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The reason is that it worked in collaboration with other institutions on the projects funded by the American grants.
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The Wuhan Institute of Virology also has official approval from the National Institutes of Health to conduct taxpayer-funded research on animals in what is called “Animal Welfare Assurance” the Public Health Service issued a while ago.
“The U.S. government’s spending spree that we’ve exposed at the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology is outrageous and unacceptable,” said Justin Goodman, the White Coat Waste Project’s vice president for advocacy. “Taxpayers should never be forced to bankroll China’s hazardous bio-agent experiments, which put human life around the world gravely at risk. We’ll continue to work with our advocates and Congress to put an end to this egregious misuse of Americans’ tax dollars.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has spoken out against the U.S. funding of the Chinese institute.
“I’m against funding Chinese research in our country. However, I’m sure against funding it in China,” Gaetz said, calling for an end to such grants. “The NIH [National Institutes of Health] gives a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology [and] they then advertise that they need coronavirus researchers and following that, coronavirus erupts in Wuhan.”
According to Wednesday news, the suspicion surrounding the Chinese lab comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, sources said. Sources emphasized — as is often the case with intelligence — that it’s not definitive and should not be characterized as such. Some inside the administration and the intelligence and epidemiological communities are more skeptical, and the investigation is continuing.
What all of the sources agree on is the extensive cover-up of data and information about COVID-19 orchestrated by the Chinese government.
U.S. and Canada funding the Chinese lab of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
The Washington Post reported earlier this week that U.S. officials had expressed concerns in recent years about the safety of the Chinese lab. As a result, the recent revelations about U.S. and Canadian funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology came after this announcement.
“During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” a January 2018 State Department cable obtained by the Washington Post reads.
The cable argued that the United States should give Chinese researchers at the Wuhan lab more support. They also argue its research on bat coronaviruses was important and dangerous. The lab had already been receiving assistance from the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Based on Wednesday news reports, the virus research was part of China’s efforts to show that it could identify and combat coronaviruses as well as or better than the U.S.
China then undertook an extensive cover-up of information about the virus to shield its origins from public scrutiny. Doctors and journalists simply “disappeared” warning of the spread of the virus and its contagious nature. China moved quickly to shut down travel domestically from Wuhan to the rest of China. But the country did not stop international flights from Wuhan.