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Defunding Wuhan: Congress Quietly Bans Funds From China Labs

U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-FL) (2nd-R) speaks alongside U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (L) (R-LA), U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) during a Republican-led forum on the origins of the COVID-19 virus at the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC.

At a glance

  • Theories have surfaced claiming COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China
  • The U.S. has failed to outright confirm the theories, and the defunding happened quietly
  • President Trump was notably slammed as “racist” for repeating the theory
  • “None of the funds made available by this Act may be made available to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or any other laboratory located in a country determined by the Secretary of State to be a foreign adversary, including China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran,” says an amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

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