The US National Institutes of Health funded bat coronavirus ‘gain-of-function’ research at the Virology Institute in Wuhan with USD 3.7 million.
Documents obtained by The Mail show that the Virology Institute in Wuhan conducted coronavirus experiments on bats trapped in caves more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan, with $ 3.7 million funding from the US National Institutes of Health, which continues to license the Wuhan Institute of Virology to finance experiments.
Article source: Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus. af Hu B, Zeng LP, Yang XL, Ge XY, Zhang W, et al. (2017) Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus. PLOS Pathogens 13(11): e1006698. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006698
The research team from the institute announced that the coronavirus found in horseshoe bats in a cave in Yunnan contains all genetic codes of the SARS virus and assumed that the direct ancestor of the human virus originated from this cave.
The results of the research were published in November 2017 under the headline: Discovery of a rich gene pool of bats SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of the SARS coronavirus.
Funding: Ministry of Science and Technology, China. US National Institutes of Health. USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats. PREDICT program. Hundred Talents Program. “One-Three-Five” Strategic Program.
The scientific study was published November 30, 2017 under the Trump administration, but was received by the PLoS journal on February 10, 2017, meaning the paper was written based on research that took place in 2016 or earlier.
Thus, under US President Barack Obama, the US government was directly involved in funding the lab – which may have engineered coronavirus in collaboration with US scientists and their bio-laboratories.