U.S. National Institute’s Of Healh Gave $3.7M Grant To Wuhan Lab At The Center Of Coronavirus Leak Scrutiny — To Study Bats And Coronavirus
Well, I am not sure anyone saw this coming, London’s the DailyMail.com is reporting that the U.S. National Institute’s Of Health (NIH) gave a $3.7M grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology — to carry out experiments on bats and the threat of coronavirus. Frances Mulraney and Glenn Owen posted an article to the April 11, 2020 edition of the DailyMail, noting that “the $37M Wuhan Institute of Virology, the most advanced lab of its type on the Chinese mainland, is based twenty miles from the now infamous wildlife market” that was though to have been the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology “lists the NIH, as well as the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, Harvard Unviersity, and the National Wildlife Federation as partners of the lab,” the DailyMail reported. “As part of the research at the Wuhan facility, scientists grew coronavirus in the lab and injected it into three-day old piglets.”
“A second institute in the city, the Wuhan Center for Disease Control — which is barely three miles from the infamous animal/fish/fowl ‘wet market,’ — also reportedly has conducted experiments involving animals and the coronavirus,” the publication noted.
Obviously, this revelation will be used by China to blame the United States for the coronavirus pandemic — even though China built the lab in the aftermath of the 2003 SARS outbreak — in order to better understand coronaviruses, MERS, and other infectious diseases. I an not a scientist, nor a doctor; but, I do worry here that all this kind of research being completely stopped. Granted, all such study needs to be stopped until we are able to definitively know the origin of the outbreak — if we can — and, an exhaustive investigation undertaken to review security and safety protocols in place at these kind of labs. Perhaps this kind of work can//should only be done at a BL-4 level containment facility. But, to halt these expirements completely and indefinitely, could be just as dangerous as what apprars to have occurred here. Maybe scientists can conduct modeling and simulation and use artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand these viruses and the threat they pose. But, I do not know whether scientists can ever completely understand these viruses and the threat they pose — without having access to the real thing. It is a complicated issue; and, clearly needs a serious, thoughtful review by our best and brightest. An over-reaction in this case, could do us more harm than good. RCP, fortunascorner.com