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Wuhan Institute of Virology authorized to receive U.S. taxpayer funding: NIH

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed Tuesday that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive U.S. taxpayer funding for animal research through January 2024, The Daily Caller reported.

The WIV is under fire for allegedly causing the COVID-19 pandemic through a suspected accidental lab leak.

The WIV has already received $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer dollars between 2014 and 2019 for research purposes.

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization, received a $3.7 million grant from the NIH in 2014 to research bat-based coronaviruses in China, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The grant was terminated by the NIH in April because of EcoHealth Alliance’s relationship with the WIV.

In a letter, the NIH said EcoHealth Alliance’s work in China did not align with “program goals and agency priorities.”

In July, the NIH told EcoHealth Alliance they would restore the grant only if EcoHealth Alliance would allow them to arrange an independent team to investigate the WIV to determine if the COVID-19 virus was present in the lab prior to the first known cases in December 2019, as suspected by the U.S. State Department.

The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, told NPR that the NIH’s conditions were “preposterous.”

“I’m not trained as a private detective,” Daszak said. “It’s not really my job to do that.”

Fox News “The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton revealed evidence last month that linked EcoHealth Alliance to the WIV.

Hilton reported that the president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, sub-contracted an EcoHealth Alliance project to the WIV.

The WIV then began to genetically engineer new viruses from the feces of bats and infected human cells with the virus.

“The genetic changes they made in the lab, unlocked a highly specific doorway into the human body. The virus that causes COVID-19 uses that same exact doorway,” Hilton said.

Daszak was the only U.S. member in the World Health Organization delegation who investigated the origins of COVID-19 in China. The WHO delegation has yet to release a report on its findings.

Daszak told the White House it should accept the delegation’s conclusion and said it’s highly unlikely the virus could have leaked from the Wuhan lab.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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