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DARPA Less Than Candid About Funding for EcoHealth Alliance, According to Emails

Why can’t the Biden Administration tell the truth about the nonprofit that has funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

The Defense Department research agency called DARPA was caught off guard last September when documents leaked showing that Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance had submitted a 2018 grant proposal to collect bat viruses in China and then create and study chimeric versions—making the viruses more transmissible or virulent. Reviewing the proposal, a DARPA official recommended not funding the research and noted the proposal involved “gain of function” studies and would need a risk mitigation plan if funded in the future.

In a statement at the time to Newsweek, DARPA denied financing any activity associated with EcoHealth Alliance or the Wuhan Institute of Virology. "DARPA has never funded directly, nor indirectly as a subcontractor, any activity or researcher associated with the EcoHealth Alliance or Wuhan Institute of Virology."

DARPA gave a similar statement to The Blaze:

[I]nformation contained within bids is considered proprietary and can only be released by the bidder. That being said, DARPA has never funded directly, nor indirectly as a subcontractor, any activity or researcher associated with the EcoHealth Alliance or Wuhan Institute of Virology.