Ernst Introduces Bill To Ban Federal Funds For EcoHealth Alliance

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst has introduced a bill to ban federal funding for EcoHealth Alliance, Inc., the non-profit that gave taxpayer funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study bat-based coronaviruses in China.

  • “No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law may be made available for any purpose to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc, including any subsidiaries and related organizations that are directly controlled by EcoHealth Alliance, Inc.,” Ernst said in introducing the bill Friday.
  • EcoHealth’s former vice president said in a sworn declaration last month that his organization “developed” COVID-19 through gain-of-function research that attempts to learn what viruses will do but also makes diseases more dangerous.
  • EcoHealth has previously been under fire for its use of taxpayer dollars. Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health said the agency was noncompliant with eight parts of an agreement with the U.S. government.
  • “Giving taxpayer money to EcoHealth to study pandemic prevention is like paying a suspected arsonist to conduct fire safety inspections,” Ernst said last week.