The organization that funneled U.S. tax dollars into China’s state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct risky research on coronaviruses collected from bats is once again being paid by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to experiment on bats, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is going to bat for taxpayers to stop the bat studies.
NIH canceled a grant to EcoHealth Alliance in August after repeated refusals by the group to divulge information about what was really going on in Wuhan—information which could provide clues to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. But last month, NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, awarded the group a new five year grant that could total millions of dollars to conduct more studies on how coronaviruses from bats could infect humans.
Ernst has introduced a new bill that will ensure EcoHealth doesn’t receive another penny of taxpayer money ever again.