U.S. cuts off funding for the company that supported the Wuhan virus research. About five years and seven million dead too late.

The federal government came down hard on EcoHealth Alliance on Wednesday, announcing it has stopped federal funding for the firm that helped pay for research at China’s Wuhan virus lab that’s been linked to the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Human Services said EcoHealth “lacks the present responsibility” to be able to continue receiving millions of dollars in research grant money.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Henrietta K. Brisbon said she has suspended the firm and has proposed a permanent debarment.

“HHS believes there is adequate evidence in the record for this debarment cause and that immediate action is necessary to protect the public interest,” she wrote in a letter to EcoHealth President Peter Daszak.

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The move was cheered by both Democrats and Republicans who said the firm failed to properly monitor the labs that were spending taxpayers’ money and bungled their reporting obligations to the government.

Some of those bungles stemmed from EcoHealth’s use of taxpayer money to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is based near where the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have originated.

Some U.S. agencies have said the virus that shut much of the world down and killed millions of people leaked from the lab, though other researchers still favor a natural cause for the virus’s evolution.



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