The Department of Defense awarded a multi-year grant worth $3 million to EcoHealth Alliance, the company at the center of the Wuhan lab leak theory.
Beginning December 12, 2022 and ending December 11, 2025, the Department of Defense will provide $3 million in funding to the EcoHealth Alliance, according to USA Spending, the official source of US government spending data.
EcoHealth Alliance will use the multi-million dollar grant to “reduce the threat of viral spread from wildlife in the Philippines.”
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), also known as the Assistance Listings, listed government funding as part of scientific research aimed at “combating weapons of mass destruction.”
Objective of the program:
To support and stimulate basic, applied and advanced research in educational or research institutions, non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises, which support the advancement of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the sciences with an emphasis on the exploration of new and innovative research to combat or counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The grant was provided directly by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), which is an agency of the Department of Defense.
DTRA’s mission is to “provide cross-cutting solutions to enable the Department of Defense, the United States Government, and international partners to dispose of strategic attack against the United States and its allies; to prevent, reduce and counter WMD and emerging threats; i to prevail against adversaries armed with WMD in crisis and conflict”.
USA Spending revealed that EcoHealth Alliance has been receiving government funding since 2008. In 2020, the US government provided EcoHealth Alliance with nearly $25 million. In total, EcoHealth Alliance received $79.4 million, with nearly 48% of the amount coming from lists of assistance for the purpose of “combating weapons of mass destruction.” The DTRA has provided more than 52% of the total US government EcoHealth Alliance funding.
In September, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, awarded EcoHealth Alliance with $3.3 million in funding over five years.
The NIH grant funds a project to analyze the “potential for future emergence of bat coronavirus in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”
Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance previously conducted controversial bat coronavirus experiments at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. There have been allegations that EcoHealth Alliance conducted gain-of-function experiments at China’s notorious biosafety level 4 laboratory. Some have blamed the EcoHealth Alliance investigation for the possible Wuhan lab leak theory.
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