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U.S. And China Undercut Scientists for Petty Political Gains

May 18, 2020

In late April, the U.S. government suddenly cut the research grant allocated to a New York-based non-profit scientific research organization, EcoHealth Alliance, which works on discovering dangerous viruses in wildlife, especially bats.

The apparent reason of this grant termination is that EcoHealth collaborates with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a China-based scientific research organization. The U.S. government accused China’s government of spreading the COVID-19, knowingly or unknowingly, through a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The U.S. government has not produced any evidence to support its accusation, nor has any scientist in the world found any such evidence.

In reality, the U.S. government manufactured accusations against China to disguise its disastrous response to COVID-19. Because EcoHealth was working with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the U.S. government targeted their funding to further its fake accusations.

But the research done by EcoHealth with the Wuhan Institute of Virology is essential in understanding deadly viruses in order to develop vaccines and treatments, to fight against virus-driven diseases.

EcoHealth, led by a well-respected scientist, Peter Daszak, is known for its research on global emergent diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Nipah virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Rift Valley fever, Ebola virus, and COVID-19. An antiviral drug, Remdesivir, which seems to have some impact on COVID-19, was originally tested against the viruses EcoHealth discovered under the U.S. federal government’s funding.

Since China has one of the world’s most diverse populations of bats, EcoHealth has been collaborating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology for 15 years with funding from the U.S. government.

China’s government, to further its own political schemes, very similarly suppressed their scientists and physicians when COVID-19 emerged last December, and now prevents scientific research toward finding the origins of this deadly disease.

By undercutting this research to advance their political schemes, these governments are not only obstructive and useless in this fight, but are dangerous against our health.