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Investigation: NIH Resumes Funding for Risky Coronavirus Research

By Adam Andrzejewski

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The National Institutes of Health has resumed funding for experiments on bat coronaviruses, after pausing similar grants immediately after Covid-19 broke out. EcoHealth Alliance will now receive $2.3 million over 4 years to study these dangerous viruses.

The New York City-based nonprofit research organization has been performing this controversial taxpayer funded research for years, with experiments that “mixed parts of different bat viruses related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the coronavirus that sparked a global outbreak in 2002–2004” dating back to 2014, according to American Association for the Advancement of Science.

They described it as “a stripped-down version of the original grant” — it won’t involve studies of hybrid coronaviruses.

Subawards from EcoHealth have also gone to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a possible location from where Covid-19 escaped.

Other controversial research from EcoHealth includes a 2019 grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology where researchers “attached the spike protein of various wild bat coronaviruses to a different virus ‘backbone’ in order to gauge the wild pathogens’ potential to infect human airway cells.”

Nature Magazine reports the new grant will come with some stipulations. The organization can’t perform any of this research in China or collect new live samples from vertebrates — such as bats. It also can’t enhance the virulence or transmission of a virus, a practice known as “gain of function” research.

The tighter restrictions come as EcoHealth was found to have misreported $90,000 of expenses, reported, though it might not have made much of a difference considering the NIH’s poor track record of oversight. This column reported in April that the NIH ignored basic oversight on $2.2 billion worth of experimental grants to foreign countries.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

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Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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