Ernst Successful in Banning Taxpayer Funding to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology

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On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who has been sounding the alarm for over a year about U.S. tax dollars being funneled into China’s state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), successfully banned any additional future U.S. funding from going to China’s state-lab. Ernst’s amendment was adopted, with unanimous support, to the Endless Frontier Act—a bill being considered this week in the Senate that aims to help the U.S. compete with China in research and development.

Ernst’s ban on future U.S. funding to the WIV comes after the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the lab became sick enough in November of 2019 – something Ernst noted earlier this year – that they went and sought hospital care, raising new questions about the lab.

“Providing additional U.S. funds to subsidize any state-run lab in China—especially the Wuhan Institute of Virology—goes against the very purpose of the underlying bill, which is to support more research in the U.S. to better compete with China. Today the Senate unanimously agreed with me that not another dime of taxpayer dollars should be spent subsidizing this lab in Communist China,” said Senator Ernst.

“We applaud Sen. Ernst for her outstanding work to protect taxpayers and public health by permanently defunding the dangerous Wuhan Institute of Virology. Shipping tax dollars to a notorious CCP-run animal lab that’s supercharging coronaviruses, and where there’s no transparency and accountability about how our money is spent, was a recipe for disaster,” said Anthony Bellotti, president of taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project.

Author: Press Release