(WatchDogReport.org) – The origin of COVID-19 is still unknown, but there are theories. One of the most prominent is the possibility it spread after a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. New documents obtained by The Intercept disclose information about how close the US ties are to that lab.
The news organization detailed some of its findings in a September 6 report. The Intercept obtained more than 900 pages of material related to the US research in China after filing multiple Freedom of Information Act requests. According to journalists Sharon Lerner and Mara Hvistendahl, the documents specifically detailed the relationship between EcoHealth Alliance, a US health organization partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the Wuhan lab.
NEW: We obtained hundreds of pages from NIH detailing EcoHealth Alliance's work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. We are publishing them in full.
— Mara Hvistendahl (@MaraHvistendahl) September 7, 2021
A 2014 grant paid for by the federal government is titled, “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” It outlines an effort by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to screen bats for coronavirus (not the COVID-19 strain). There’s a theory that bats were the original spreader of the virus. However, the document specifically states none of the funds are authorized for gain-of-function research. That is when scientists alter genes causing a mutation.
Nonetheless, US Right to Know Executive Director Gary Ruskin, who has been investigating the origin of the virus, said the newly obtained documents provide a “road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic.”
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