According to a new report from a monitoring organization, the Department of the Interior reportedly collaborated with representatives of a multinational non-profit connected to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China on an important research of COVID and bats in the United States.
The Interior Department collaborated with representatives of the EcoHealth Alliance, a contentious organization linked to the lab in Wuhan, on a report on the possibility that humans could transmit SARS-CoV-2 to bats, which would then spread the infection back to humans, according to documents obtained by the government watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust.
Previously, the EcoHealth Alliance accepted a U.S. funding for study on bat viruses and distributed a portion of it to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Peter Daszak, the organization’s president, was a member of the World Health Organization-China panel that labeled the lab leak theory as extremely unlikely.
According to the watchdog, EcoHealth Alliance Vice President for Science and Outreach Jonathan Epstein and Vice President for Research Kevin Olival collaborated on a report on whether COVID could be transmitted between bats and humans with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) responded to the article by stating that an examination of government money for the EcoHealth Alliance is required.