July 31, 2023
D.C. News | Tea Leaves
  • The White House plans to impose a 10-year funding ban on the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the lab at the center of the COVID-19 origins debate, according to a government memo and an official familiar with the issue. The memo, written by an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, said that the lab failed to provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with laboratory notebooks and documents to establish the lab’s safety protocols after multiple requests. The NIH’s conclusion that the Wuhan institute “likely violated protocols of the NIH regarding biosafety is undisputed,” wrote the official, whose name was redacted. The memo said that suspension of funding was necessary to “mitigate any potential public health risk” and that there was “adequate evidence” to initiate “debarment proceedings.” (Articles here and here)