The following is an excerpt from Just The News.
Note: The Golden Horseshoe is a weekly designation from Just The News intended to highlight egregious examples of wasteful taxpayer spending by the government.
This week's Golden Horseshoe goes to the National Science Foundation for awarding a $1 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, the controversial nonprofit whose former vice president claims in a sworn statement it created Covid.
"The new grant," Open the Books Founder/CEO Adam Andrzejewski wrote, "came after Peter Daszak, head of EcoHealth Alliance, has been accused of helping to spark the Covid-19 pandemic with his organization’s pandemic prevention work, Science magazine reported. He has downplayed the possibility of the virus originating in a lab as opposed to nature."
The government spending watchdog OpenTheBooks.com questioned the grant to EcoHealth, which received several million dollars in grants from Dr. Anthony Fauci's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct research at the Wuhan lab whose experiments with bat coronaviruses are widely suspected to be the source of SARS-CoV-2.
The NSF's new grant is part of its "new Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP) initiative," according to the grant synopsis.
"This initiative focuses on fundamental research and capabilities needed to tackle grand challenges in infectious disease pandemics through prediction and prevention."
Just The News reported earlier this week that a former vice president for EcoHealth Alliance, Andrew Huff, claimed his organization "developed" SARS-CoV-2 through gain-of-function research that makes viruses more dangerous.
In a sworn declaration, Huff said, "The process of developing SARS-COV2 was also described in detail in the proposal submitted to, and ultimately funded by, the National Institutes of Health (HHS NIH), The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), by EcoHealth Alliance with the WIV and [University of North Carolina] listed as collaborators."
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