A U.S.-based group that conducts bat coronavirus research in China was asked Friday to provide a House committee with information on virus samples and safety protocols at a Wuhan lab.
The group, the EcoHealth Alliance, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which is central in speculation that COVID-19 may have leaked accidentally from a lab. (RELATED: Here’s Why The Lab Leak Theory Shouldn’t Be Dismissed)
EcoHealth Alliance “has an extensive history with research into bat coronaviruses in China, some of which are presumed progenitors of SARS CoV-2,” according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce letter.
The letter is signed by ranking member Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state and the Republican leaders of two subcommittees.