After years of debate and controversy, the US government has finally cut off funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This decision comes after a three year campaign launched by the White Coat Waste Project (WCW), a free market animal welfare organization. The WCW Project first revealed to the UK’s Daily Mail that the National Institute of Health (NIH) and EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) had wasted part of a $3.7 million grant to fund dangerous bat and animal experiments in Wuhan.
The US government has FINALLY defunded the sketchy Wuhan lab.
But don’t think that common sense step came easily.
— Hannah Cox (@HannahDCox) May 17, 2023
This revelation sparked a nationwide debate about the potential ties between the Wuhan lab and COVID-19. In response, then President Donald Trump canceled the NIH grant funding the Wuhan lab, but it soon became clear that this was little more than optics. A subsequent investigation by WCW revealed that the Wuhan lab was still approved for taxpayer funding from the NIH through 2024.
🎉VICTORY🚨 We just uncovered that the NIH has DISQUALIFIED the Wuhan animal lab from tax $ following a 3 year WCW campaign!
Stop the money. Stop the madness!https://t.co/4nhLZSePJb
— White Coat Waste Project 🥼🗑️ (@WhiteCoatWaste) May 17, 2023
After years of us pressuring them, the NIH has finally cut off the infamous Wuhan animal lab.@WhiteCoatWaste https://t.co/dZErtmDUEC
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) May 17, 2023
The evidence that has come to light since then has led many to believe that COVID-19 did stem from dangerous gain-of-function research (which involves horrific animal torture) in the Wuhan lab. This has been further supported by investigations conducted by ProPublica and Vanity Fair.
In response to this information, numerous based officials have been working to cut off the Wuhan lab from their taxpayer piggy bank. Senators like Rand Paul and Joni Ernst and House members like Nancy Mace have been leading this charge. In addition to defunding the Wuhan lab, their efforts have also led to the State Department and the Pentagon defunding the lab as well.
The NIH has now removed the Wuhan lab from its list of eligible partners, marking a trifecta of success for WCW. This victory is a testament to the power of persistence and the importance of citizen advocacy. It is not everyday that the good guys win in our system, but this is a reminder that with enough determination, it is possible.