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June 17, 2021

      A federal watchdog has opened an investigation into the National Institutes of Health’s grant program amid the ongoing controversy over funds being sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  “We share stakeholders’ concerns regarding compliance and oversight of NIH grant funds. We have been monitoring this issue for some time and consider it a high-priority matter that can pose a threat to the integrity of the NIH grant program,” Department of Health and Human Services inspector general spokesperson Tesia Williams said in a statement obtained by the Post. Fauci will be exposed and should be fired.

     “Based on our preliminary research and analysis, HHS-OIG has decided to conduct an extensive audit reviewing how NIH monitored selected grants and how the grantees and subgrantees used and managed federal funds between years 2014 through 2021,” Williams added. The time frame covered by the investigation, which was first reported by CNN, coincides with the period when New York City-based non-profit EcoHealth Alliance received $3.75 million in grant money from the NIH to carry out a study called “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.”

     Between fiscal years 2014 and 2019, a total of $826,277 from the initial grant was parceled out by EcoHealth to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a subgrant. Internal NIH emails obtained earlier this month by the conservative group Judicial Watch indicate that the Wuhan lab was due to receive a total of $1.5 million in federal grant money via EcoHealth between mid-2014 and mid-2025. EcoHealth would have received approximately $7.4 million over the same period.

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