The following is from Just The News.
The Department of Health and Human Services informed the Wuhan Institute of Virology that it is suspending federal funding nearly four years since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, after the lab did not provide information about safety and security, according to a memo.
The federal agency also told the Wuhan lab in the memo sent Monday that it is seeking to permanently cut off funding.
The FBI and Energy Department both said earlier this year that the virus likely originated in a lab leak, but a National Intelligence report last month stated that five intelligence agencies think Covid's origins are natural while the CIA and another unnamed agency are unable to determine where Covid came from.
An HHS spokesperson told Bloomberg that the memo means the institute won't be given any more federal funding.
Additionally, the outlet reports that the National Institutes of Health has not given the lab any funding since July 2020.
However, the NIH told the Wuhan lab it would stop directly funding it in August 2022, and the federal health agency renewed a grant to EcoHealth Alliance, the research nonprofit known for funding experiments in the Wuhan Institute, as recently as May 2023.
The HHS inspector general concluded earlier this year that the U.S. government failed to track at least $8 million in grants to EcoHealth Alliance.
White Coat Waste Project, a group that fights taxpayer-funded animal experiments, celebrated the memo.
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