Starting on Dec. 12, 2022, and ending on Dec. 11, 2025, the Department of Defense will give $3 million in funding to EcoHealth Alliance, according to USA Spending – the official source for spending data for the U.S. government.
EcoHealth Alliance will utilize the multi-million-dollar grant to "reduce the threat of viral spillover from wildlife in the Philippines."
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), also known as Assistance Listings, listed the government funding as part of scientific research aimed at "combating weapons of mass destruction."
The objective of the program:
To support and stimulate basic, applied, and advanced research at educational or research institutions, non-profit organizations, and commercial firms, which support the advancement of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the sciences with an emphasis on exploring new and innovative research for combating or countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
The grant was provided directly by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), which is an agency within the Department of Defense.
The DTRA's mission is to "provide cross-cutting solutions to enable the Department of Defense, the United States Government, and international partners to Deter strategic attack against the United States and its allies; Prevent, reduce, and counter WMD and emerging threats; and Prevail against WMD-armed adversaries in crisis and conflict."
USA Spending revealed that EcoHealth Alliance has been receiving government funding since 2008. In 2020, the U.S. government provided EcoHealth Alliance with nearly $25 million. In total, EcoHealth Alliance received $79.4 million – nearly 48% of the amount has come from Assistance Listings with the purpose of "combatting weapons of mass destruction." The DTRA has provided more than 52% of EcoHealth Alliance's total funding from the U.S. government.
The NIH grant funds a project to analyze the "potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam."
Peter Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance previously conducted controversial bat coronavirus experiments at China's state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology. There have been accusations that EcoHealth Alliance carried out gain-of-function experiments at the notorious Chinese biosafety level 4 lab. Some have blamed EcoHealth Alliance's research for the possible Wuhan lab leak theory.
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