(SNews) – Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has awarded a $3 million taxpayer-funded grant to the company at the center of the Wuhan lab leak scandal.
The firm, EcoHealth Alliance, has been awarded the multi-year grant by Biden’s Department of Defense (DOD).
The company claims it will use the tax dollars to fund a program aimed at “combatting weapons of mass destruction.”
The funding was revealed by USA Spending, the U.S. government’s official source for spending data.
EcoHealth Alliance will receive $3 million in funding from the DOD between December 12, 2022, and Dec. 11, 2025, the data shows.
The company says it will utilize the multi-million-dollar grant to “reduce the threat of viral spillover from wildlife in the Philippines.”
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), also known as Assistance Listings, listed the government funding as part of scientific research aimed at “combating weapons of mass destruction.”
The objective of the program:
To support and stimulate basic, applied, and advanced research at educational or research institutions, non-profit organizations, and commercial firms, which support the advancement of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the sciences with an emphasis on exploring new and innovative research for combating or countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
The grant was provided directly by the DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
The DTRA’s mission is to “provide cross-cutting solutions to enable the Department of Defense, the United States Government, and international partners to Deter strategic attack against the United States and its allies; Prevent, reduce, and counter WMD and emerging threats; and Prevail against WMD-armed adversaries in crisis and conflict.”
EcoHealth Alliance has been receiving government funding since 2008, USA Spending revealed.
In 2020, the U.S. government provided the company with nearly $25 million in taxpayer money.
In total, EcoHealth Alliance received $79.4 million.
Almost 48 percent of the total amount has come from Assistance Listings with the purpose of “combatting weapons of mass destruction.”
More than 52% of EcoHealth Alliance’s total funding from the U.S. government has been provided by the DTRA.
In September, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which was headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci at the time, awarded EcoHealth Alliance with $3.3 million in funding over five years.
The NIH grant funds a project to analyze the “potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”
Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance previously conducted controversial bat coronavirus experiments at the Chinese Communist Party-controlled Wuhan Institute of Virology.
There have been accusations that EcoHealth Alliance carried out gain-of-function experiments at the notorious Chinese biosafety level 4 lab.
Some have blamed EcoHealth Alliance’s research for the possible Wuhan lab leak theory.