White Coat Waste Project (WCW) recently exposed how a National Institutes of Health (NIH) animal lab in Montana rounded up zoo bats and infected them with a coronavirus first obtained by the Wuhan lab that likely caused COVID. Our exposé prompted swift action from lawmakers in the House and Senate.
Now, we’ve obtained never-before-seen documents with new details about how the NIH—including the white coat behind the deadly coronavirus experiments on zoo bats—the notorious EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) and Wuhan-linked Colorado State University (CSU) animal experimenters have been scheming to construct another U.S. bat lab with animals imported from Asia.
Records show that as far back as 2017, EcoHealth Alliance, CSU, and NIAID began discussions about setting up a US bat colony for experiments with deadly and incurable viruses.
After years of scheming and using the COVID pandemic as a justification, in January 2021 the NIH finally forked over $6.7 million to CSU to build its risky new bat experimentation lab.
Then, in September 2023, the NIH dumped another $1.7 million into the project. The grant states that CSU and EcoHeath “will capture horseshoe bats and Indian flying foxes, respective reservoir hosts of Nipah virus and SARS-related coronaviruses, in Bangladesh…Bats will be shipped to CSU to establish the breeding colonies as a resource for investigators who study these viruses.” It explains that EcoHealth and CSU “will perform experimental infection studies of Nipah virus, SARS-CoV-2 and the SARS-related coronavirus, RaTG13.” Nipah has a 75 percent human fatality rate, and RaTG13 closely relates to the bat coronavirus that caused the pandemic.
Records analyzed by WCW show that the new CSU bat lab will collaborate with NIH’s bioagent superlab in Montana for experiments on animals with the fatal Nipah virus and Ebola. This is the same lab that performed deadly coronavirus experiments on zoo bats back in 2018 and currently performs maximum pain Ebola tests on baby pigs, primates, and other animals.
WCW’s investigation and the documents above directly contradict CSU’s public claims made as recently as July 2023 that the new bat lab won’t experiment with COVID, Ebola, or Nipah.
Documents uncovered by WCW state that CSU’s bat lab is slated to be completed by 2025, though there have been numerous delays and it does not appear construction has begun.
Our analysis has found that CSU’s current bat experiments are receiving millions in taxpayer funding through NIH as well as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and the Department of Defense’s “Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction” account.
In addition to establishing EcoHealth as the driving force behind the reckless bat lab project, records also show that CSU’s lead bat experimenter collaborates with Wuhan lab gain-of-function experimenters Ben Hu—likely COVID Patient Zero —and Shi Zhengli (aka Batwoman).
These plans to conduct taxpayer-funded experiments on imported bats with fatal and easily transmissible viruses are alarming, especially because records obtained by our friends at US Right to Know show that CSU has a recent history of laboratory accidents with dangerous, deadly, and contagious pathogens including tuberculosis, plague, Brucella, Chronic Wasting Disease, chikungunya, Valley Fever, Q Fever, rabies, Zika, and even COVID.
Is this how you want your money spent?