Behind the US-funded research on Chinese bat viruses, an American non-profit organization denied sending virus samples from Laos (the closest natural relative to whom SARS-CoV-2 was found) to Wuhan in response to the new allegations.
“As part of this collaborative research project, Laos has never done any work,” The Eco-Health Alliance-an organization that is experimenting with the coronavirus while receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-said in a series of tweets on Sunday that it responded to media reports that the organization may have identified a potential The dangerous virus was transported from Laos to the Wuhan laboratory.
However, we believe that continuing to focus on China is a higher priority, and we have not done any work in Laos as part of this collaborative research project.
— Ecological Health Alliance (@EcoHealthNYC) November 21, 2021
The name of the organization surfaced in October when Lawrence Tabak, the chief deputy director of the NIH at the time, revealed that the Eco-Health Alliance was experimenting with the virus with financial help from the organization.At the time, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House medical adviser, stated that the virus “Molecularly far enough, no matter what you do with them, they will never become SARS-CoV-2.”
After an email obtained through a Freedom of Information request seemed to indicate that the organization was discussing the possibility of collecting virus samples from bats in Laos and sending them to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Ecological Health Alliance was again under scrutiny. These emails were originally obtained by the White Coat Waste Project and triggered a series of reports over the weekend, including British science writer Matt Ridley’s Spectator.
According to reports, an email shared by the Eco-Health Alliance and its U.S. government funders showed that scientists discussed the collection of bat virus samples from eight countries/regions including Laos from 2016 to 2019, and considered The idea of transporting them to Wuhan is obviously to avoid red tape. An email from 2016 Quote According to reports, bystanders wrote: “All collected samples will be tested at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Laos is the birthplace of at least one virus that is very close to SARS-Cov-2.A bat virus strain called Banal-52 discover In Laos, 96.8% of the genome is shared with the virus behind the Covid-19 pandemic
Sunday, the Ecological Health Alliance claim Email cited by Ridley “Don’t show… we are sampling bats in Laos and sending the results to Wuhan.”
However, the organization admitted that it required NIH to obtain a permit to work in Southeast Asian countries, including Laos, and obtained a permit.
Ridley’s response was not satisfactory. He was also the co-author of a book on the origins of Covid-19. He asked for evidence that his report was not “Completely accurate.”
Hello, @EcoHealthNYC? If you want to accuse me of being inaccurate on Twitter, can you use this evidence to prove that you are inaccurate? Those of us who are interested in understanding how the pandemic started want answers to reasonable questions. https://t.co/yhPZcXBWmq
— Matt Ridley (@mattwridley) November 21, 2021
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