Congress Left the Door Wide Open for Continued Funding of Deadly EcoHealth Gain-of-Function Research
Congress Quietly Left the Door Open to Funneling More Tax Dollars to EcoHealth Research in China For ‘National Security’
By: Evita Duffy-Alfonso
March 4, 2023: EcoHealth Alliance — the 'nonprofit' that infamously funneled taxpayer funds into the Wuhan Institute of Virology for bat-based coronavirus research — was given a shocking loophole in Congress’s omnibus spending package to receive money for research in China supported by the country’s communist leadership. Why? Our government won’t tell us.
Back in December, Congress inserted a clause in its omnibus appropriations act that finally defunded the Wuhan Institute of Virology and appeared to defund other similar research in China, but the latter section appears to be hollow. While EcoHealth has been barred from feeding tax dollars directly into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, it still has the power to potentially direct taxpayer dollars into China:
SEC. 8143. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to fund any work to be performed by EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. in China on research supported by the government of China unless the Secretary of Defense determines that a waiver to such prohibition is in the national security interests of the United States.
What “national security interest” could there possibly be in EcoHealth Alliance directing funds into China for research supported by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? The Federalist reached out to the Department of Defense and asked that very question but never heard back. This begs another interesting question: What kind of CCP-supported research are our tax dollars going toward that is so secretive the American people can’t be privy to it?
Many know that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) approved millions in grant money for EcoHealth Alliance, which the nonprofit used for bat-based coronavirus research and perhaps even dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
What most don’t know is that the biggest government funder of EcoHealth Alliance is not the NIAID, but the Department of Defense, which since 2008, has allotted EcoHealth Alliance $46 million. What reason could our military have that it cannot go nine months without sending research money to China via EcoHealth Alliance? We don’t know.
We also don’t know who is responsible for putting the loophole in the bill. The Federalist reached out to the Democrats’ House and Senate leadership for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, since they would have been in charge at the time the omnibus spending package was passed, but did not hear back.
In sum, we do not know who put the loophole in the spending bill, and we also do not know what “security interests” the Pentagon has in sending research money to China via the corrupt EcoHealth Alliance. What we do know is that after two years of gaslighting and censorship, two government agencies, the Department of Energy and the FBI, concluded the coronavirus most likely leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Wuhan virus killed more than 6 million people worldwide and gave world leaders an excuse to inflict unethical physical and social control on the masses. There is no logical reason for the United States to continue giving EcoHealth Alliance — the Wuhan lab’s partner in crime — any federal funding, especially not in China.
EcoHealth Alliance’s public funding should have been suspended two years ago, and a U.S.-run investigation should have been launched into the origins of the virus and EcoHealth Alliance’s connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Instead, the corrupt corporate press and Big Tech have helped run cover for the worst offenders, enabling things like the mysteriously implemented loophole, the Pentagon’s lack of accountability, and EcoHealth Alliance’s continued existence.
For years, media “fact-checkers” declared the lab leak hypothesis a “conspiracy theory” and directed social media companies to silence anyone — including doctors — who suggested it was a potential origin of the virus. Had the media and tech companies allowed people to freely discuss all possible origins, the court of public opinion may have sided with the lab leak theory earlier and demanded a reckoning from EcoHealth Alliance and the many government agencies that have supported it over the years. Instead, and thanks in part to the loophole in the appropriations bill, the organization that quite possibly funded the creation of the Wuhan virus can still collect our tax dollars.
Source: The Federalist
Evita Duffy-Alfonso is a staff writer to The Federalist and the co-founder of the Chicago Thinker. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, and her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.