NIH Awards New Grant To U.S. Org At Center Of COVID Lab Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. The committee will hear testimony from members of the Trump administration's Coronavirus Task Force. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The main U.S.-based scientific organization at the center of the controversy over the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic has won a new grant from the National Institutes of Health for risky bat coronavirus surveillance research, despite losing a previous award for failing to provide records essential to an investigation into that origin.
  • The grant was awarded September 21 to EcoHealth Alliance, helmed by Peter Daszak, and is titled “Analyzing the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.”
  • The new grant comes despite an open congressional investigation into the organization, which has two other ongoing NIH grants and a third in negotiation.

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