According to an exclusive report from the Daily Mail, the same players who financed dangerous experiments in bats at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology want to build a U.S. taxpayer-funded lab at Colorado State University.
The Wuhan Lab is widely believed to be the source of SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting plandemic.
The outlet reports that the 14,000sq-ft facility, which received a $6.7 million grant from the NIH, will import bats from Asia to study some of the world’s most transmissible pathogens, including Ebola and COVID-19.
“The multi-million-dollar project is a collaboration between Dr Anthony Fauci’s old department at the National Institutes of Health, Colorado State University (CSU) and EcoHealth Alliance (EHA),” Daily Mail writes.
“Emails and notes from meetings show communication and proposed collaboration between people from EHA, CSU, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), — the lab where Covid-19 is believed to have originated — and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), formerly run by Dr Fauci,” the outlet added.
The same experiments scientists conducted at the Wuhan Lab could potentially take place at Colorado State University’s Foothill Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Construction on the facility has not started, but it plans to open in 2025.
“The multi-million-dollar project is a collaboration between Dr Anthony Fauci’s old department at the National Institutes of Health, Colorado State University (CSU) and EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), a controversial research group at the center of the Covid lab leak theory.
Researchers behind the plans said the lab will boost America’s ‘ability to study the role of bats in disease transmission and help us become even stronger in researching emerging zoonotic pathogens.’
But Republican Senators still reeling from a lack of answers about the origins of Covid told DailyMail.com they fear the facility – which has not started construction but is due to open in 2025 – could start a ‘pandemic on US soil.’
Sen Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, told DailyMail.com: ‘We cannot allow any batty experiments of pandemic potential to be unleashed on our own shores.
‘Americans have suffered enough from Fauci-funded risky research, which is why I am working to defund EcoHealth that funneled taxpayer dollars to the Chinese state-run Wuhan Lab.
‘The world cannot afford another lab leak, especially one on U.S. soil or near our military bases.’
The facility will be built on the CSU’s Foothill Campus campus in Fort Collins, which is around 60miles north of Denver and has a population of around 168,000.
Fort Collins residents have already voiced their concerns over its construction at planning committee meetings.
They fear the lab could spread diseases like Covid-19 and spark another pandemic.
The site, referred to as the Chiropteran Research Facility in documents, is slated to be built just 380 feet from the border fence of university land to neighboring houses.
The lab is proposed to import, house, breed and experiment on dozens to hundreds of bats. On CSU’s website for the lab, it lists the facility as a biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) research center.
BSL-2 labs work with pathogens associated with human disease that pose a ‘moderate’ health hazard, such as Hepatitis, HIV and salmonella.
However, older documents reviewed by DailyMail.com suggest scientists wanted to infect bats with Covid, Ebola and Nipah virus.
NEW: A multi-million-dollar project between Dr. Anthony Fauci’s old dept. at NIH and Colorado State University & EcoHealth Alliance—the controversial research group at the center of the Covid lab leak theory was given $12M in tax payer funds for a new bat lab research facility. pic.twitter.com/Do55otO5kT
Colorado State University researchers have studied bats for years, but the NIH wants to expand the university’s program.
“We have actually been working with bats for over 15 years and have one of the only established families of bats that we have been using for that research,” said Rebecca Moritz, CSU Biosafety Director, according to CBS News.
The outlet reported on the NIH granting the university $6.7 million to expand its bat research program in July.
CSU was at the forefront of studying bats before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at CSU were able to use what they already knew about bats to help contribute to the early responses to the pandemic in 2020. The expansion of the facility and program will allow researchers to further investigate bats beyond just their ability to host viruses.
“Essentially we are going to have families of bats that are going to be from a variety of different species,” Moritz said.
Moritz said the university is already researching how bats contribute to our ecosystems.
“For example, bats actually pollinate over 500 different plants, including agave, which gives us tequila,” Moritz said.
Moritz said researchers are also wanting to learn more about bats and their abilities to not only host and transfer viruses but to also be able to withstand them.
“The counterpoint is how can they harbor these viruses? How can they not get sick?” Moritz said.
Illnesses transferring from animals such as bats is not new, though it has become of greater concern for many people after the pandemic.
“We have epidemics,” Moritz said. ” We have outbreaks every couple of years if you look at the course of history.”
CSU said the facility will allow them to research bats in a way no other lab can in the entire country. Moritz said researchers have many approvals and training they have to complete before breeding and research are permitted. She said such requirements will make sure the lab continues to operate in a safe manner for all as it has for more than a decade already.
According to the Daily Mail, the proposed budget for the lab was slated for $8 million, with $6.7 million from the NIH.
However, the lab’s budget is now close to $12 million.
However, the budget has increased to $11.83million, with CSU upping its contribution from $1.25million to $5.08million.
The timeline of the project was also extended.
Construction was slated to kick off Summer 2023 and completed approximately one year later. However, no construction has begun and the new estimated opening date is September 2025.
While reporting of the proposed lab is not new, documents obtained by WCW and provided to DailyMail.com show a multi-year, multi-agency coordinated effort to establish a bat research group and a research facility originally intended for high containment pathogens.
Emails and notes from meetings show communication and proposed collaboration between people from EHA, CSU, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), — the lab where Covid-19 is believed to have originated — and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), formerly run by Dr Fauci.
Justin Goodman, senior vice president of WCW, told DailyMail.com: ‘The records outline years of coordination between EHA, CSU, Fauci’s NIAID, DOD, foreign collaborators, and even the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) to set up the facility.
‘Together these actors put in a considerable effort to establish the CSU bat facility over many years and exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to receive funding for it. Our document details CSU’s direct ties to WIV, Ben Hu and Batwoman.’
Shi Zhengli, dubbed ‘batwoman’ for her work on bat coronaviruses, worked in the WIV throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.