Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure

  • metta

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    May 12, 2020 3:06 AM GMT
    Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure

    https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/trump-administration-coronavirus-vaccine-researcher-covid-19-cure-60-minutes/
  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    May 12, 2020 12:22 PM GMT
    Trump cut funding for a group researching bat-to-human virus transmissions after unfounded conspiracy theories linked it to a Wuhan lab


    The Trump administration has cut funding to a non-profit agency conducting research on virus transmission between bats and humans, according to Politico.

    The funding cuts to EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based organization researching on infectious diseases, came after unfounded rumors linked it to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
    The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a Chinese research institute that conspiracy theorists have claimed, without evidence, leaked the novel coronavirus to the public.

    EcoHealth Alliance denied sending any of its $3.7 million in government funding to the Wuhan institute. The Wuhan lab has also denied rumors that it had a role in spreading the coronavirus.
    Experts have repeatedly said that the theory that the novel coronavirus was lab-leaked is incredibly unlikely, and said the virus most likely jumped from bats to humans.

    The Impeached, incompetent, Piece of Shit Donald Trump's administration abruptly cut funding to a non-profit conducting research on virus transmission between bats and humans, over unfounded rumors linking it to a research institute in Wuhan, Politico reported.

    EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based infectious-diseases research group, had all its future government funding cut to its five-year-long study on bat-to-human virus transmission, Politico reported.

    The cut came after rumors groundlessly accused EcoHealth Alliance of sending its $3.7 million grant received from the US government to fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology — the Chinese research lab which conspiracy theorists have, without evidence, accused of spreading the novel coronavirus to the public.

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    The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, April 17, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images
    EcoHealth Alliance denies all charges
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US public health agency who sent the research grant, told EcoHealth Alliance in an email that it also needed to stop spending the rest of its 2020 grant, worth about $370,000.


    "At this time, NIH does not believe that the current project outcomes align with the program goals and agency priorities," an NIH deputy director wrote in a letter to EcoHealth Alliance officials seen by Politico.

    The director also emailed Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, days before funds were frozen, asking for a list of all Chinese links to the group's study.

    EcoHealth Alliance said in a statement that it was planning to speak with the NIH "to understand the rationale behind their decision."

    "For the past 20 years our organization has been investigating the sources of emerging diseases such as COVID-19," the group said, according to Politico. "We work in the United States and in over 25 countries with institutions that have been pre-approved by federal funding agencies to do scientific research critical to preventing pandemics."


    According to Politico, Daszak told the NIH that "no funds from [the grant] have been sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, nor has any contract been signed."

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    The facility has received over $3.7 million in research funding between 2014 and 2019, and has published over 20 scientific papers since 2015 on how coronaviruses spread through bats, according to the report.

    A reporter from the conservative outlet Newsmax also asked about US funding to the Wuhan institute at an April 17 White House press briefing, though she did not mention EcoHealth Alliance by name. "We will end that grant very quickly," Trump told the reporter.

    Despite the lack of evidence supporting the lab-leak theory, experts have had to repeatedly shut down the rumors.

    A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) poured cold water on the theory last week, stating that the new coronavirus was "likely" of animal origin.

    "All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed in a lab or somewhere else," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing.

    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also downplayed the theory last week, telling a White House press briefing that the virus mutations seemed consistent with the premise that the disease jumped from bats to humans

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cut-research-funds-bat-virus-conspiracy-theories-politico-2020-4
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    May 12, 2020 2:13 PM GMT
    Easy to explain. If something doesn’t agree with a delusional Trump fantasy, it’s declared Fake News. And any program associated with it is defunded, its people fired or transferred. As well as anything else that he perceives as contradicting our Fearless Misleader.
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    May 12, 2020 3:33 PM GMT
    What's going to happen when trump himself gets infected? Think about it, recent reports of other white house staff becoming ill from coronavirus, and he refuses to social distance/wear protective gear. . . . . it's just a matter of time.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 12, 2020 3:35 PM GMT
    I don't recall Trump ever being ill his entire Presidency. He's a warrior. He will plow through whatever ails him and keep on keeping on.
  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    May 12, 2020 5:48 PM GMT
    I hope everyday that the illegitimatepotus, Impeached, Scumbag gets the TrumpVIRUS..... Maybe then the incompetent Piece of Shit
    will just vanish and go away

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  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    May 13, 2020 4:21 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI don't recall Trump ever being ill his entire Presidency. He's a warrior. He will plow through whatever ails him and keep on keeping on.


    More like a WARYer.

    Is not as if Trump constructively contributes in the Situation Room. He's just a prop taking up space there between citizen-paid multi-million dollar golf dates.