(PatrioticPost.com)- Republican senators are asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to cease federal grants toward a nonprofit linked to COVID-19 research in China, according to Just the News. Nine senators signed onto a letter that urged the agency’s administrator, Samantha Power, to halt giving millions of dollars in funds to EcoHealth Alliance.
The letter requests that the funds be held until an investigation can be conducted into EcoHealth’s foreign research programs and a review done over adverse events or laboratory accidents that might have occurred. The letter included that Congress has already passed legislation that stopped funding of the group over “dangerous coronavirus research in China.”
“Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study, and submit to Congress a report, on the amount of Federal funds awarded to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc., during the 10-year period preceding such date of enactment were provided, whether purposely or inadvertently, to the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Communist Party, or the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or any agency or instrumentality thereof,” the legislation reads.
The National Institutes of Health has already reportedly stopped its funding of bat coronavirus research to EcoHealth Alliance after they failed to comply with requirements.
The Defense Department reportedly gave the group millions of dollars in funding for biological weapons research last year. Reports show that the group has a profitable relationship with the Pentagon spanning many years, receiving $41.91 million in awards since fiscal year 2008. The awards distributed by the Pentagon are usually “outside the normal processes” without transparency or oversight, according to a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University and lab director at the school’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology.
He called EcoHealth Alliance one of many “subcontractors” who direct money from a “blank check written by [government] program officers who often go on to be employed” by the same nonprofit to whom they once approved money to.