Republican members of Congress have introduced "The Defund the Wuhan Institute of Virology Act."
It would permanently cut U.S. funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. A growing number of scientists have said they believe Covid-19 leaked from the lab.
Despite confusion, misleading statements from some public health officials and politicians, and much misreporting, U.S. taxpayer funds have gone both directly and indirectly to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and/or its scientists in recent years.
As we first exposed last April, the Wuhan lab received over $600,000 in taxpayer funds via the NIH for dangerous coronavirus experiments that many experts believe caused the pandemic. We also confirmed as recently as yesterday that the lab is still eligible to receive even more taxpayer funds from the NIH. WIV also received funding from DOD and USAID in the past. In February of this year, WCW and the Organic Consumers Association called on the White House to defund WIV.White Coat Waste Project and the Organic Consumers Association
According to White Coast Waste Project, "The Defund the Wuhan Institute of Virology Act is being led by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) (who sent this letter to NIH in Feb) and cosponsored by Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Diana Harshberger (R-TN), Bill Posey (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Greg Steube (R-FL), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ)."
Shipping tax dollars to the notorious CCP-run Wuhan animal lab where there’s no transparency and accountability about how our money is spent is a recipe for disaster. Taxpayers should not be forced to bankroll animal experiments to supercharge coronaviruses or any other reckless spending at this bio-agent lab and recent polls show that a majority of Democrat and Republican voters agree. We applaud Rep. Scott Perry and his colleagues for their outstanding efforts to protect taxpayers and public health by introducing legislation to permanently defund the Wuhan animal lab.Anthony Bellotti, president of taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project
The possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic started with a laboratory acquired infection at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and could have happened during coronavirus ‘infection experiments’ funded by NIAID, is reason enough to cut off funding. The U.S. should have never funded gain-of-function research on potential pandemic pathogens, and least of all at foreign institutions that lay outside of our regulatory control.Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association
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