Pentagon makes horrifying admission about its funding of Chinese gain-of-function experiments

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In the year when a virus, potentially created in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, caused the deaths of millions worldwide, Chinese scientists in Beijing began experimenting with a more lethal variant of coronavirus called GX_P2V.

This variant proved to be fatal for humanized mice, causing late-stage brain infections and resulting in a 100% mortality rate.

Although not explicitly connected, this research referenced similar work conducted by Dr. Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In March, researchers at Hebei Medical University in China disclosed their creation of a mutated strain of the vesicular stomatitis virus, typically affecting cattle, by introducing a protein from the Ebola virus.

Hamsters infected with this modified virus experienced weight loss, ulcerated eyes, inflammation, multi-organ failure, and ultimately succumbed to the infection.

The extent to which the Pentagon has funded these potentially catastrophic experiments in communist China is reportedly unknown.

On Tuesday, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a partially redacted report detailing its efforts to trace the funds invested by the Pentagon in assisting communist China to enhance deadly pathogens.

The report referenced gain-of-function experiments, as defined in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, which describes it as “enhancing a function through genetic manipulation” or “adding a new function.”

Specifically, the DOD Office of Inspector General aimed to track the amount of federal funds provided directly or indirectly by the Pentagon to:

  • the communist regime itself;
  • the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other organizations administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences;
  • Peter Daszak’s scandal-plagued and debarred EcoHealth Alliance, whose gain-of-function subcontractor was among the likely patients zero;
  • the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences; and
  • any other related lab in the Asian nation.

The focus was on determining whether and where funds were used for “research or experiments that could have reasonably resulted in the enhancement of any coronavirus, influenza, Nipah, Ebola, or other pathogen of pandemic potential or chimeric versions of such a virus or pathogen.”

The findings of the report were extremely critical.

The Pentagon has acknowledged its lack of knowledge regarding the extent to which it has financially supported the development of deadly viruses in a rival nation it has identified as its “top pacing challenge” — a country with subpar overall biorisk management.

The report initially highlighted that Army officials had identified 12 relevant research programs. It was noted that for “seven awards, a prime awardee provided funds to a subawardee or contracting research organization in China or other foreign countries for research related to potential enhancement of pathogens of pandemic potential.”

The Inspector General’s Office also confirmed over $54 million given to EcoHealth Alliance for 13 projects carried out from 2014 through 2023. However, it suggested that none of this funding was allocated to China or its affiliates for gain-of-function research.

Upon examining the primary sources of Pentagon funding, the report indicated that what lay beneath the surface was entirely “unknown.”

It is questioned why the response to this inquiry is not simply ‘zero dollars.’

Citing “significant challenges in searching for awards” due to “limitations in the DOD’s systems used to track contracts and grants,” the Inspector General’s Office concluded, “The full extent of DOD funds provided to Chinese research laboratories or other foreign countries for research related to enhancement of pathogens of pandemic potential is unknown.”

The report noted that when it came to funding Chinese gain-of-function experiments, the DOD neither used “a budget line item or any other consistent indicator, such as assistant listing codes, that makes databases of grants, contracts, and other transaction agreements easily searchable or reviewable” nor tracked “funding at the level of detail necessary” to make accurate determinations.

The Government Accountability Office’s 2022 report came to a similar conclusion.

The Office of the Inspector General also admitted that it was unable to find a comprehensive list of all potentially pandemic-causing pathogens funded by the Pentagon.

Despite this, DOD officials reassured the Inspector General’s Office that they did not knowingly fund research or experiments that could enhance pandemic potential pathogens from 2014 through 2023. However, the report was not well received

Molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright of Rutgers University wrote, “Your tax dollars on fire.”

Stanford University epidemiologist Dr. Jay Bhattacharya tweeted, “The Biden DOD has lost track of how much money it has given to Chinese laboratories for ‘enhancing’ pathogens. Why is the answer to this question not ‘zero dollars’?”

“Deadly coverup. Deadly incompetence,” wrote Blaze News editor in chief Matthew Peterson. “What’s the difference? But this ‘I dunno’ may as well translate as: we (YOU) paid for the creation of covid.”

Blaze News columnist Auron MacIntyre responded, “US agencies can track and censor your social media posts about the pandemic but can’t track how much they spent to manufacture it.”

“It wasn’t the Pangolin,” wrote Mike Benz, executive director of the Foundation for Freedom Online. “It was the Pentagon.”

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