Project Veritas: the company from the USA was engaged in research of coronaviruses before the pandemic
Specialists of the American non-governmental organization EcoHealth Alliance were engaged in research on coronaviruses in several laboratories in the United States, as well as in Wuhan, China, before the first outbreak of infection occurred there. This became known to the Project Veritas organization, the OpIndia portal reports.
A group of investigators managed to establish that back in March 2018, the EcoHealth Alliance appealed to the Office of Advanced Research Projects of the US Department of Defense (DARPA) with a request to finance scientific research of coronaviruses carried by bats. The agency rejected this request, considering that such work could be too dangerous and would violate the previously imposed ban on conducting research aimed at enhancing the abilities of various viruses.
Despite this, the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the USA (NIAID), headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, later approved this project, and scientists began to research, including at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Thus, according to Project Veritas, American specialists may be involved in the creation of a new virus and the beginning of a pandemic.
So, the organization refers to a letter from a certain Major Joseph Murphy, who works at DARPA, which turned out to be at the disposal of investigators. In it, the expert claims that SARS-CoV-2 was originally a recombinant vaccine for bats created by the United States or its precursor virus. He also notes that all the details of the program to work on the virus were hidden after the infection began to spread around the world.
At the same time, Fauci had previously stated under oath to the US Congress that his department had never engaged in such research. At the same time, Peter Dashak, who heads the EcoHealth Alliance, became one of the first scientists to reject the theory that a leak from the Wuhan laboratory led to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, he was part of a group of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), which was sent to China to establish the origin of the coronavirus.
In September last year, the Intercept magazine, citing materials at its disposal, reported that the United States actively sponsored the study of coronaviruses in China. It was clarified that in total more than $3 million was allocated for these purposes in 2014-2019.
Prior to that, in August, US intelligence agencies completed an investigation into the origin of the new coronavirus infection SARS-CoV-2: they came to the conclusion that the coronavirus is not the development of biological weapons. At the same time, they found it difficult to say exactly how this infection appeared. Prior to that, Washington has repeatedly stated that the cause of the first outbreak of coronavirus could be a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan caused by Chinese specialists. At the same time, China called on WHO to check US laboratories to find the origins of the pandemic.