When COVID first emerged, there were a lot of different theories concerning the spread of the virus, its origin, and its potential to impact various groups of people.
Right now, it’s been made clear that COVID is most threatening to folks with pre-existing health conditions or other medical complications. We also now know there’s a very real likelihood that the virus is the result of a lab leak from Wuhan.
Nevertheless, this news isn’t stopping the National Institute of Health from reverting back to a grant that enabled research into the bat virus, according to Fox News.
A Full Breakdown of the Situation
Back in 2014, the grant for bat virus research permitted a study of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) via blending different bat viruses. This may sound familiar because this is a version of COVID that led to an eruption of cases during the earlier 2000s.
This research was nuked when former President Trump was in office. However, the National Institute of Health is reviving it for the purpose of researching SARS genome sequences that are linked to bat coronaviruses.
Could you believe that the National Institute of Health (NIH) just reissued the research grant to EcoHealth Alliance (suspended in 2020), which helped the Wuhan Lab create the Coronavirus that caused global pandemic and killed millions?
Read this thread: https://t.co/db5tnTjsio
— Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. (@NikolovScience) May 9, 2023
Coincidentally, this very same grant has also come under fire for being behind the infamous gain-of-function research that enabled COVID outbreaks in recent years.
Nevertheless, some medical researchers are praising the National Institutes of Health, claiming it’s high time this analysis was put into action again.
A Clear Consensus From Americans
On social media, most of the public has been very clear they’re not supportive of what the National Institute of Health is doing. In fact, it’s been rightfully pointed out that anything which enables gain-of-function research is best left alone.
NIH—National Institute of Health—RENEWS GRANT to same organization, EcoHealth, that funded coronavirus experiments in Wuhan.
Can EcoHealth be trusted? Can the NIH? Anything resembling Gain-of-Function should be stopped. No taxpayer $$ for EcoHealth!https://t.co/1Lpnc9k8UY
— LionHearted (@LionHearted76) May 9, 2023
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the medical community is considering what could go wrong with this. In fact, some researchers who are praising the revival of the aforementioned grant have also slammed Republicans for supposedly “attacking science.”