Shi Zhengli, director of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Wuhan Institute of Virology, while working in Australia in 2006. h/t Daily Telegraph

Covid-19 Wuhan Virology Lab Still Eligible for US Grant Funding

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to The Daily Caller, one of the Wuhan laboratories which many suspect of being a possible source of the Covid-19 outbreak could submit a grant application tomorrow, and would be eligible to receive a US taxpayer funded grant.

Wuhan Lab Eligible To Receive US Taxpayer Funding Through 2024, NIH Confirms

  • The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research through January 2024, according to the National Institute of Health.
  • The WIV received $600,000 in taxpayer funds between 2014 and 2019 through the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance to study bat-based coronaviruses. 
  • The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member in the World Health Organization delegation that investigated the origins of COVID-19 in China.
  • Daszak said the White House should blindly accept the WHO’s determination that it’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 could have unintentionally leaked from the WIV.

February 16, 20218:22 PM ET

The grant was terminated by the National Institutes of Health in April amid criticism over EcoHealth Alliance’s relationship with the WIV. The NIH said in a letter the nonprofit’s work in China did not align with “program goals and agency priorities.”

The NIH told EcoHealth Alliance in July it would restore the grant if it met certain conditions, one of which was to arrange for an independent team to investigate the WIV to determine if it had possession of the SARS-COV-2 virus prior to the first known cases in December 2019.

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Wuhan Institute of Virology’s head of infectious diseases research, Shi Zhengli, was one of the authors of a 2015 study which described the creation of “chimeric” bat viruses, “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence”.

The study involved the deliberate creation of potentially dangerous human pathogens using bat virus material, in order to study how many steps were required for a deadly bat virus to evolve into a lethal human pathogen. The study contains the following warning: “the potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens“.

Study authors were pleased they had successfully created a pathogen which demonstrated “robust replication” in human lung cells – an artificial human pathogen based on a bat virus, which did a really good job of ripping through tissue cultures of human lung cells.

But there were reports of big problems at the lab. According to The Daily Telegraph, US scientists based in China sent a warning to the State Department in 2018 that the laboratory’s safety procedures were inadequate:

A ‘‘Sensitive but Unclassified’’ cable, dated January 19, 2018, obtained by The Washington Post, revealed that US embassy scientists and diplomats in Beijing visited the laboratory and sent warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety practices and management weaknesses as it conducted research on coronaviruses from bats.

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Circumstantial evidence like this is not proof that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the Covid-19 outbreak, but given reports of carelessness and connection to dangerous experiments, and the proximity of the lab to the first recorded cases, do you think these people should ever receive another dime of US taxpayer’s money?

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Not Chicken Little
February 18, 2021 6:05 pm

When I was younger it seemed to me that most people in charge of anything had a pretty good handle on their job. But now it seems we have a lot of stupid people in charge of so many things, including but not limited to our education system, our bureaucracies and our government. Especially politicians. And I guess the people who voted for the stupid ones, too…

John Tillman
Reply to  Not Chicken Little
February 18, 2021 6:12 pm

Not stupid. Unspeakably evil, anti-freedom and anti-human.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  John Tillman
February 18, 2021 7:07 pm

The problem is there is no humility. No recognizing limits. No saying, “I don’t know.”

The story goes President Obama always walked into every room and gave everyone he thought he was the smartest person there. We saw that when he claimed he said he was a better speech writer than his paid staff of professional speech writers. And it went to everything that surrounded him.

“It ain’t what we know we don’t know that usually gets us in trouble. It’s what we think is true that ain’t.”

  • Sam Clements (or other various attributions)
Bryan A
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2021 10:53 pm

Daszak said the White House should blindly accept the WHO’s determination that it’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 could have unintentionally leaked from the WIV.

In case you missed it, “truth be told”…

Daszak said the White House should blindly accept the WHO’s determination that it’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 could have unintentionally leaked from the WIV.


There was nothing “Unintentional” about the Wuhan Lab Leak
And it’s no “Accident” that China has manufactured and sold the U.S. Millions of ineffective Phoney N95 masks either

They wanted us to get sick and they want us to spread the disease unabated among and through those working tirelessly to save us

Reply to  Bryan A
February 19, 2021 12:00 am

Daszak and Fauci should be tried for crimes against humanity. See my comments and reference to the TabletMag article identifying both of them as enthusiastic sponsors of research into engineering viruses to become pandemics.

Reply to  Bryan A
February 20, 2021 5:43 am

yes, I picked up on that claim about not unintentionally leaked , too.

The other thing is that nearly all leaks are “highly unlikely” but that does not stop the few times things happen.

Ron Long
Reply to  John Tillman
February 19, 2021 2:05 am

Right on, John. When you mix corrupt with stupid you get the Biden Crime Family.

Russ R.
Reply to  John Tillman
February 19, 2021 7:17 pm

History shows Communists have no problem with mass murder. The odds that this virus came from anywhere other than the WIV is insignificant. There are no reasonable scenarios that are logical that agree with the known facts, other than it came out of the WIV.
The odds are also very high that it was released on purpose. China faces the worst demographic problem the world has ever seen over the next two decades. They currently have over 250 million people over the retirement age, and are facing a baby boom moving into retirement over the next two decades. There was a baby boom after Mao decided to stop starving the farmers, birth rates soared to traditional rates and produced so many children the CCP had to issue one-child policy in 1979. That will force a small working public to support a large retired population through HUGE tax increases. The kind that could de-stabilize China’s economy. The only solution is for the elderly to live shorter lives. Especially those with expensive chronic ailments.
This also was perfectly times to infect military members from around the world at the Military World Games, so they would take it home with them. And the Chinese New Year was scheduled for a massive celebration in Wuhan. And obviously China was chafing under tarriffs, and wanted to see President Trump removed and Xiden installed as a puppet.
It is very unlikely all of this happened by coincidence.

February 18, 2021 6:08 pm

Daszak said the White House should blindly accept the WHO’s determination that it’s highly unlikely that COVID-19 could have unintentionally leaked from the WIV.

OMG! That leaves the possibility that it was intentionally leaked. Some of God’s children need to learn to proof read better … unless that was what Daszak actually meant. Could it have been a Freudian slip?

Russ R.
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 19, 2021 6:55 pm

The French built it for them.

Reply to  Russ R.
February 20, 2021 5:50 am

NO! The Pasteur Institute were called in to DESIGN it based on their level 4 lab in Lyon. The chinese finally cut off the french contractors and built it themselves.

Reply to  commieBob
February 20, 2021 5:55 am

Like Biden’s ” we have the most thorough and complete election fr4ud system ever”. They are bound to tell us what they are doing so they can claim we did not object: and thus implicitly agreed.

They know full well we are too stupid to believe what they say and conclude “he obviously did not mean that, so I’ll believe he said that exact opposite: that must be it”.

Reply to  Greg
February 20, 2021 11:02 am

In this case we have a possibly dumb reporter possibly paraphrasing what someone said. I’m taking it with a giant grain of salt.

Notwithstanding the above, it sure sounds like an accusation that the lab leaked the virus deliberately. It’s either bad writing or, HOLY SMOKES!

John Tillman
February 18, 2021 6:10 pm

Thank you, Dr. Fauxi!

When in 2014, the Obama Administration briefly heeded the wise warning of sane epidemiologists, virologists and immunoligists and suspended funding of coronavirus gain of function research in this country, due to its insanely risky nature, Dr. Fauxi’s NIH financed this obviously dangerous “work” at the new, French-developed BSL-4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). She “Bat Woman” Zhengli then decamped from UNC to WIV. The rest is pandemic history. Millions dead, but the CCP and Dr. Fauxi stronger.

Reply to  John Tillman
February 20, 2021 5:58 am

Yes, having Fauxi incharge of this is really like having the fox in charge of the hen house.

I read that he sent 1.4 million in funding to WIV. This was legal because the Obama ban only restricted govt. funding of work inside the USA.

February 18, 2021 6:53 pm

I would be happy to see quite a few dimes of my money going to that lab. W80 armed drone strikes are quite expensive, you know…

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  writing observer
February 18, 2021 7:11 pm

W80 set at yield 5 would be like the big sky exploding fireworks, a crowd pleaser indeed.

Eric Vieira
Reply to  writing observer
February 19, 2021 5:09 am

I don’t know if that would be a good idea. What other potentially dangerous viruses are stored there in their fridges. Can one be sure that nothing dangerous would be released if one blows the place up? And then it would be the “direct” fault of the USA.

Reply to  Eric Vieira
February 20, 2021 6:01 am

yeah, it would probably require a nuke air burst to ensure the site is sterilised.

Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2021 7:00 pm

Dementia Joe’s having the US rejoin the WHO and the honeymoon lasted about 2 weeks. The Chicom run WHO stuck ole’ Dementia Joe in eye with this one claiming it came from the animal market in Wuhan and not the WIV.

Every bit of evidence we have strongly points to one or several WIV technicians/researchers being the accidental infectious source that seeded the virus within the Wuhan population around the lab to include the market.

China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin are now salivating at how they are going to “play” ole’ Dementia Joe like a fiddle.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2021 7:43 pm

Emperor Xi and Czar Putin.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2021 8:49 pm

They’d better watch out or Kamala will strap on her knee pads and come after them!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 19, 2021 12:08 am

I think she is more of a just on her back kind of laziness.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 19, 2021 12:11 am

There wasn’t anything accidental about it.

February 18, 2021 8:36 pm

Well no, but in double down – all is well WHO world it will get funded based on diversity programs if nothing else. Of course all results must be filtered by the CCP.

Abolition Man
February 18, 2021 8:48 pm

If anyone thinks the ChiComs are going to ever allow a full investigation, I have some pallets of top quality PPE I’ll give you a real deal on! Perhaps Zhou Bai Den can write an executive order requiring that all PPE used in the US be made in China! Then the CCP can run them through Wuhan to load them up with latest variants; that should save them a lot of time and trouble!

Abolition Man
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 18, 2021 8:58 pm

I was just thinking about the ChiComs stated goal of world hegemony by 2049, and realized that Beijing Zhou Bai Den might be able to help them hit that target 10 or 15 years early!

February 18, 2021 10:51 pm

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters and Doctorates is an EU programme to fund the education of the brightest students only marred by the inclusion of being open to worldwide students.

Students from outside of the EU are educated at taxpayer expense and then sent back to China, India, Africa, South America etc as they are not allowed to settle in Europe.

If we’re going to educate bright students from around the world at least let them settle and contribute to their new countries.

February 18, 2021 11:54 pm

After reading the February 17 article “A Plague on Both Our Houses” at TabletMag and the role Dr. Fauci played in fostering “gain of function” (GoF) research to modify deadly viruses to make them not only transmissible to humans, but easily transmissible in order to cause a pandemic, we should be stringing him up in a tree along with the execrable Peter Daszak. All funding for GoF research anywhere in the world and any labs that do it like the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) should be immediately stopped and those labs incinerated.

There is no excuse for purposely engineering viruses to cause pandemics. It’s the most depraved “academic” research one can imagine. The evidence that the Wuhan coronavirus was a lab accident is extremely compelling, as is the evidence that it was probably purposely engineered to cause a pandemic, contrary to the written statement signed by 27 “experts” (including the conflicted Peter Daszak). The recent dog and pony show staged by the WHO and the CCP pretending to “investigate” the origins of the virus is sick comedy. Trump was right to get us out of the WHO, which is servile to the interests of the CCP. This is a must read.

February 19, 2021 12:07 am

I am inclined to believe that the Chinese Govt released it on purpose. They just don’t think the way we do in the west. They wanted to alter the global politics of the day and they certainly did that. Why did they stop all internal flights from Wuhan and yet allow flights to Italy and elsewhere?

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 19, 2021 1:15 am

Do these people know what the term ‘conflict of interest’ means? Mr Daszak should be nowhere near any decision making process yet he appears to be at the centre of it. A total failure of the regulators.

dodgy geezer
February 19, 2021 1:26 am

I would hope that if the Wuhan lab applied for a grant to improve its safety processes, the application would be given immediate attention by any funding organisation in the world…

February 19, 2021 3:07 am

This is almost as good as Putin personally, multiple times with various lethal agents such as Polonium, Dioxine, and Novichock, attempting murder. Will the Brits go so far as to say Xi personally ordered a Virus?

Contrariwise, the Great Reset Prince Charles’ pa, Royal Consort Philip, is well known to wish re-incarnation as a deadly virus. Likely Buckingham and Balmoral already have herd immunity.

There seems to be no vaccine against geopolitics. One does not notice the primary symptom, froth at the mouth, with the Covid masks today.

“Sputnik V” really takes the biscuit – it sure has ’em geopoliticians running in circles.

February 19, 2021 5:36 am

Yeah, the Chinese Bat Woman is eager to stir up some more bat viruses…..and Crazy Joey Biden is eager to help his pal Xi to keep order in China….we now live in Backwards Bizzaro World.

February 19, 2021 6:08 am

why people think this is an accident and not on purpose confuses me. in October 2019 new set of tariffs/sanctions (from US) was supposed to hit china hard. Nov 2019 virus starts showing up in places. by Jan 2020 all economic “warfare” was forgotten.

who won? china.

February 19, 2021 9:01 am

There is exactly one BSL4 laboratory in China doing gain of function research. Of the millions of cities, towns and villages on earth, a contagious, deadly virus emerges. What do these have in common? Wuhan. I don’t buy for a second that this was an entirely spontaneous epidemic, or that someone caught this virus from a Wuhan market. The only question is whether the Chicoms did this as an act of biowarfare or accidentally.

As with others here, I lean heavily toward the biowarfare explanation when one considers the geopolitical situation and timing. Speaking only for the U.S. part of the pandemic, the Chicoms have murdered more Americans than have died in any war except the Civil War. Soon, COVID-19 deaths will exceed that number, and eventually the number will exceed U.S. deaths from all wars combined.

Of course, for some perspective, we have murdered 70 million of our own children in the womb.

Dan Hawkins
Reply to  Pflashgordon
February 19, 2021 10:13 am

To Pflash – excellent observations. I would only add that the true number of “COVID-19 deaths” will forever be unknown, because the reporting process is so hopelessly corrupt as to be unfit for any purpose better than propaganda.

I especially appreciate your closing sentence. And we expect God to bless our country in the face of that atrocity?


February 19, 2021 3:15 pm

Everyone holding a government license in an approved organization is an expert until something goes wrong. Then and only then do the excuses appear.

Surfer Dave
February 19, 2021 7:17 pm

Fort Detrick. Shutdown in mid ’19 for regular procedural failures, and kept going when steam effluent treatment system failed. There is the Covid source. ‘Vaping deaths’ were misdiagnosed Covid fatalities. US soldiers carried it to Wuhan during the Friendly Games Nov ’19.

Russ R.
Reply to  Surfer Dave
February 19, 2021 10:45 pm

Shi Zheng-Li went into the jungles of Yunnan Province specifically looking for SARS type viruses in bats. This virus came from those bats. It was very difficult to get live virus because the bats produce antibodies and defeat the virus just like us. After nearly a year of catching bats with no luck, she got a tip about using an “anti-body” test to determine which bats had previously been infected. This led her to specific colonies of Intermediate Horseshoe Bats. And after catching many bats from those colonies, she was able to find some with the live virus. She took that virus back to Wuhan, and started doing “gain of function” experimentation working up the mammal chain until she got versions that would attach to human respiratory cells. That is where it came from.
The Military World Games are for elite military athletes. How many of those would have “just happened to be at Fort Detrick”?
Probability is your friend if you want to understand.

February 20, 2021 5:39 am

It is very worth while pointing out this paper which clearly claims to have engineered a virus with exactly the same properties as sars-cov-2. This kind of insane sorcerers’ apprentice “science” mush be banned world wide.

However, Eric fails to notice that no less than TEN of the listed authors including the lead authors, were all from Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina. Including, last but not least the infamous Professor Ralph S Baric.
So what was She Zheng Li’s role in this work? Was WIV where viruses were actually mutated to get around the US moritorium of govt funding for “gain of function” virology?
What were the ten authors led by Baric doing at UNC? Did anyone bring any samples over in their pocket ??

Ralph S Baric

1Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA

2Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA

Lead investigator of the WHO team Peter Daszak has had multimillion dollar links with WIV before going there to pass a coat of white-wash for the CCP.

Gerald Machnee
February 20, 2021 5:21 pm

Sometime about spring 2020 there was a post on WUWT or I read it elsewhere. An analysis was done on the DNA string or whatever it is called. They found a sequence of about or 8 that were not natural which pointed to a suggestion that the virus had to be man made. Does anyone recall that article?

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