The White Coat Waste Project (WCW) first exposed how EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) funneled US taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan lab for dangerous animal experiments that probably caused the pandemic. EHA brazenly violated a federal gain-of-function ban and other federal laws and policies and wasted tax dollars. Federal investigators have documented the wasteful spending, too.
EcoHealth’s waste and abuse are so egregious that Congress has prohibited funding for its work in China and introduced legislation to completely defund the shady organization. Three-quarters of taxpayers even want EcoHealth’s president Peter Daszak subpoenaed to testify before Congress about his animal experiments at the Wuhan lab!
But, white coats at government agencies that bankroll EcoHealth are addicted to spending.
A new analysis of government spending data by WCW has discovered that—just since the pandemic began—EcoHealth has raked in at least $46 million in new taxpayer funds for more dangerous and unnecessary virus-hunting around the world and risky and cruel animal experiments in foreign labs.
Since March 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD) forked over $26 million to EcoHealth, including funds from the Pentagon’s “Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction” account. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over $11 million. The National Science Foundation (NSF) threw $263,801 at EcoHealth.
Along with recklessly funding EcoHealth’s gain-of-function experiments in Wuhan, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), also gave the rogue group another $7 million, including for highly-dangerous virus experiments on hamsters and humanized mice in foreign labs
As we previously exposed, EcoHealth also inexplicably managed to squeeze another $1.5 million in pandemic bailout funds out of taxpayers’ pockets, even though they may have actually sparked the pandemic and were raking in millions of tax dollars!
All in all, across 19 active taxpayer-funded projects, EcoHealth is doing its dirty work in 20 countries around the world, playing around with deadly pathogens like Nipah, coronaviruses, and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.
As the group that first exposed and ended EcoHealth’s calamitous collaboration with the Wuhan animal lab, we’re working with Congress to defund this rogue organization once and for all. Taxpayers should not be forced to bankroll reckless white coats who waste money, break the law and place public health in peril.