Early in the pandemic, as speculation grew over the origins of COVID-19, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) initially denied funding risky coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the laboratory in China where the virus responsible for the outbreak is believed to have originated. Subsequently, however, in a major shift, it admitted having provided such funding. The money was apparently given in the form of a grant to the so-called EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based organization which essentially organized the research.
Documents obtained by The Intercept show that the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the nearby Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiments, along with the EcoHealth Alliance, engaged in what the US government defines as “gain-of-function research of concern,” intentionally making viruses more pathogenic or transmissible in order to study them. This was seemingly done despite stipulations that the funding given should not be used for that purpose.
To read how families of COVID-19 victims are suing the EcoHealth Alliance for creating and releasing the virus responsible for the pandemic, see this article on our website.