Bravo to Sen. Joni Ernst for Trying to Block U.S. Funding to Wuhan

Today, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) offered amendment #1507 to to S.1260, the Endless Frontier Act, to prohibit any federal funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It's not likely to get enough Democrat votes, but at least it will be on the record.

From Axios: "China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), located just miles from the market where the first COVID-19 outbreak was detected, previously received funding from Fauci's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance.

  • The EcoHealth grant partially funded research at WIV that involved analyzing bat specimens collected from caves in China to study their potential for infecting humans. EcoHealth's work in China started in the aftermath of the 2002–2004 SARS epidemic, which also likely originated from bats.

  • Shi Zhengli, a lead researcher at WIV, was known from public documents to be conducting controversial gain-of-function experiments, which involve genetically modifying viruses to make them more infectious in an effort to better understand them, according to the Washington Post."


We applaud Senator Earnst's efforts to block further funding to this dangerous lab that may have created the virus that's killed over a half million Americans.

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