Federal data revealed that the Pentagon gave $39 million to a charity that funded controversial research lab in China, which was accused as the source of coronavirus.
The shocking news came as Peter Daszak, chief of the EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) charity, was exposed to an alleged conflict of interest and back-room operations to discredit lab leak theories.
The Pentagon gave $39 million to EcoHealth Alliance, which funded a lab in Wuhan, China, between 2013 and 2020 https://t.co/L4cLPRiiZ5
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The EcoHealth Alliance also came under serious scrutiny after it appeared they were using federal grants in funding research about coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The nonprofit charity also partly funded controversial “gain of function” research. This type of research makes deadly viruses more infectious. They also studied its effects when it comes in contact with human cells.
Then last year, former President Trump canceled a $3.3 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance amidst claims that it funded the Wuhan lab (which allegedly created COVID-19). This move by the former president caused a political storm.
EcoHealth Alliance Charity received millions in grants and funded research in the Wuhan lab
However, according to data assembled by an independent source, the EHA charity received over $123 million in grants from the government from the year 2017 up until 2020. The biggest funders of EHA are the Department of Defense, as they transferred over $39 million to the organization since 2013.
Meanwhile, grants from the Pentagon include $6,491,025. The grant was categorized by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as “scientific research” to combat “weapons of mass destruction.”
It was also described as understanding the risk of “bat-borne” zoonotic disease emergence in Asia.
But grant from the Pentagon kept increasing
$6,491,025 from Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) from 2017 to 2020 with descrp: 'Understanding the risk of bat-borne zoonotic disease emergence in Western Asia”
Donald Trump canceled a $3.7 million grant to charity last year pic.twitter.com/4mn8HzssWh
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The majority of the funding to EHA also comes from DTRA. This is a military branch tasked to counter and prevent weapons of mass destruction.
On top of this, EHA also received $64.7 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), $13 million from Health and Human Services, $2.6 million from the National Science Foundation, and $2.3 million from the Department of Homeland Security.
$3.4 million government funding was also reported after Fauci was questioned in a Senate hearing; during his hearing Fauci was asked about how much money the National Institute of Health sent to the lab in Wuhan through its grants to EHA in 2019.
Meanwhile, as China insists that the virus originated elsewhere, academics, the media, and politicians are starting to contemplate the possibility that the virus leaked from the lab in Wuhan. This also raised suspicions that the Chinese government simply hid pieces of evidence relating to the early spread.
The head of EHA charity was also accused of organizing the scenes campaign to ensure blame for the virus would not fall on the Wuhan lab they were funding for years.
Back in February 2020, Daszak persuaded over two dozen scientists to sign a letter he sent to a respected medical journal. The letter was so influential, as it cowed most experts into refusing to consider coronavirus could have been made in a lab or a leak from the Wuhan laboratory.