Chinese lab probed in COVID-19 outbreak to receive US funds until 2024: report

Chinese lab probed in COVID-19 outbreak to receive US funds until 2024: report


The Wuhan Institute of Virology — the Chinese lab being investigated for possibly leaking the coronavirus — has been authorized to receive US taxpayer funding for animal research through 2024, according to a report.

Prior to the outbreak, researchers at the lab had been studying bat-based coronaviruses in a project partially supported by $600,000 in US government funding routed from the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, the Daily Caller reported.

EcoHealth president Peter Daszak — the only American member of a World Health Organization delegation that recently visited China to probe the origins of the pandemic — said the US should accept WHO’s preliminary conclusion that it was highly unlikely the deadly bug could have leaked from the lab, according to the outlet.

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Speaking to reporters last week, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US needed “full transparency and access” from both China and the WHO in order to accept the investigation’s findings and before any conclusions could be reached.

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