This almost reads like a headline for The Babylon Bee: the group that may have caused the pandemic, turned to US taxpayers for pandemic relief.
Now to add insult to injury we’ve just learned EcoHealth got bailout money—your taxes—for pandemic relief!
The short version of this outrageous story: They got a lot of your money. They may have started a pandemic with it. Then they got *more* of your money to prop them up through the pandemic they may have helped start.
Oh ffs. https://t.co/sMnACKMnIE
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) February 18, 2021
Here’s the nitty-gritty details:
EcoHealth—which has received $110 *million* tax dollars to date and, as WCW first exposed, used NIH money to fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s animal experiments—also received a $750,000 COVID bailout check.
$751,569.41 to be exact. It’s all right there in black and white on the U.S. government’s spending database website.
EcoHealth has also received millions in new NIH and DOD payouts months after concerns were raised about its relationship with the Wuhan Animal Lab and possible role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raising the question of why EcoHealth needed a bailout after all?
Here’s the Federalist’s reporting:
EcoHealth Alliance has received a total of $110 million in U.S. taxes to date and even received a $750,000 COVID bailout check. It also received a new $7.5 million grant from the NIH to establish a Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, but [EcoHealth president & WHO Inspector Peter] Daszak claimed in an NPR interview that the funds his organization received from the new grant will not be used for any research in China.
As recently as yesterday the Biden administration said it could not rule out the possibility of a lab leak.
U.S. government officials say China’s lack of transparency is frustrating attempts to investigate the virus’s origins and how it spread.
Meanwhile, EcoHealth gave your tax money to this very lab and has been interfering with investigations into a lab leak at the facility they funded and collaborated with for years.
WCW just revealed last week that the Wuhan Animal Lab is still eligible to get tax dollars for animal testing from the NIH. That means when the NIH gives your money to EcoHealth Alliance, EcoHealth can (and does) turn around and funnel it to the Wuhan Animal Lab.
So, to sum up once again, because it’s an important story with a lot of moving parts:
Yeah. It’s outrageous.
Not safe, and not right.
That’s why WCW is urging Congress and the White House to defund EcoHealth now and secure an independent investigation into the pandemic’s origins.