As the lab leak hypothesis dominates the public conversation, and as the media, U.S. intelligence community and the Biden White House investigate the Wuhan lab, taxpayer-funded animal experimentation — which is opposed by most Americans — occupies center stage in the COVID-19 story.
In January 2020, White Coat Waste Project (WCW) met with the Trump White House to express our concerns about National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding being shipped to foreign countries for animal testing, including China and the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) specifically. Maybe the White House was still digging in — we’re still learning more about the government’s early response to lab leak concerns — but we never heard back other than a cursory “thank you.”
We eventually started contacting reporters and in April 2020, we were first to publicly connect the dots between the Wuhan lab and the NIH. Our exposé revealed how $600,000 in taxpayer funds in the form of NIH subgrants had been funneled to Wuhan by a shady New York-based non-profit for dangerous coronavirus experiments on animals.
In particular, we found published papers documenting how WIV staff were spending U.S. taxpayer money to visit abandoned mines in southern China, collect coronavirus-infected bats, and transport