After collaborating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology to perform gain-of-function research, EcoHealth Alliance has formed a partnership with Boston University.
In August 2022, the EcoHealth Alliance and Boston University jointly announced receiving a $1 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase One research program.
EcoHealth Alliance, in partnership with Boston University (@BU_Tweets) was awarded a $1million Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I (PIPP) grant by the @NSF to strategize methods of early infectious disease detection and intervention. https://t.co/YpdFjlZ6uO
— EcoHealth Alliance (@EcoHealthNYC) August 30, 2022
"According to the EcoHealth Alliance’s press release, its new NSF grant will continue the coronavirus experiments now underway between Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance and the “bat woman” Zheng-Li Shi of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, citing an August 9, 2022 scientific publication, research funded by Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases," The Gateway Pundit reports.
“EcoHealth has championed analytical approaches to predicting pandemics for the last 25 years. This new collaboration with global leaders at BU & our own leaders in emerging disease research takes our work to the next level” said EcoHealth Alliance President, Dr. Peter Daszak.
Extremely proud that @EcoHealthNYC is now partnering with our colleagues at @BUCEID @CISE_BU to combine field research, social science & AI for high-tech solutions to pandemic prevention! https://t.co/rCKX7XFG0m
— Peter Daszak (@PeterDaszak) August 30, 2022
From EcoHealth Alliance:
EHA researchers will focus on predictive models of location and likely pathogens. This will be accomplished by first compiling a list of mutagenic RNA viruses with a high risk of spillover based on their ability to spread, cause outbreak, and cause severe illness. Next, the team will identify locations at risk of spillover and localized spread by assembling a list of animals known to host one or more of the focal viruses.
Drawing upon recent research published in Nature Communications, Sánchez et. al, A strategy to assess spillover risk of bat SARS-related coronaviruses in Southeast Asia, the EHA team will also determine biologically realistic species distributions and identify regions where human-animal contact may be more likely to occur. Finally, to characterize within-year variation in spillover risk, the team will integrate information on seasonal differences in host and human activity.
“Our recent work has found that pathogen spillover from wildlife to humans likely occurs more often than previously recognized, but may typically go undetected. We now have the chance to look for those undetected early cases and minimize potential onward spread.” stated Dr. Cecilia Sánchez, team member and EHA Research Scientist.
Boston University faculty members will detect local disease clusters, characterize pathogens of interest, predict the risk of local outbreaks transitioning into pandemics, and determine mitigation and response strategies. By combining their findings, the team aims to prevent small clusters of disease emergence from turning into future pandemics.
“The COVID pandemic and recent monkeypox epidemic have shown us that we’re not yet prepared to meet the challenge of pandemic prevention or response. This project will address the challenge of predicting where outbreaks may occur, detecting them faster when they do, and developing interventions that directly address factors that can keep small clusters from becoming global pandemics: human activity, policies, and effective communication,” said Dr. Jon Epstein, one of the lead investigators on the project and EHA Vice President for Science and Outreach.
The Gateway Pundit noted:
What neither press release from the EcoHealth Alliance and Boston University mentions is the additional connection between the $1 million NSF grant and Boston University’s controversial National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) Biosafety Level-4 facility, handling the world’s most deadly viruses and located in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
One of the principal investigators of the $1 million NSF grant is Nahid Bhadelia, who is Associate Director of NEIDL and co-authored a medical article with present Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky, in which they strongly supported the now thoroughly discredited argument that lockdowns decrease COVID-19 mortality, while also calling natural herd immunity “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.”
The Director of NEIDEL is Ronald Corley, who is a co-author with Peter Daszak on the infamous politically-motivated March 7, 2020 Lancet article, in which they “strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” at a time when there was already scientific evidence indicating a laboratory origin.
It appears that all the elements that led to the COVID-19 pandemic and all those involved in dangerous “gain of function” virus research are still operating as they did just prior to the outbreak, perhaps now even in the center of a major American city with potentially devastating consequences.