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The Department of Defense accounts for 61.56% of EcoHealth Alliance’s US government funding and the National Institute of Health accounts for 14%. EcoHealth Alliance has gotten at least $68.5 Million from the US government (2008-2022). https://www.usaspending.gov/recipient/b4530532-4f85-c249-5fa5-0b86b6cff0ca-P/all So, the information about DARPA refusing an EcoHealth proposal looks like a sort of diversion.
Just because DARPA supposedly didn’t directly fund one EcoHealth proposal (DEFUSE), doesn’t mean that EcoHealth didn’t/doesn’t get funding. One big reason that funding would go to, and sometimes through, UC-Davis is that the university gets something like 60% tacked on as overhead and some of that returns to the State of California. And, those members of Congress from California will then vote for more $ in the future for DARPA, etc. If the contract goes to EcoHealth then the pork barrel $ would go to EcoHealth, and their subcontractors. It looks rather delusional to think that the US Department of Defense doesn’t deal in lethal weapons, including gain of function research, as well.
Between 2009-2019, USAID “PREDICT”, headed by JK Mazet at UC-Davis, gave $1.1 million to Wuhan Institute of Virology via Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, according to USAID. NIAID (Fauci) funding to Wuhan Institute of Virology from FY 2014-2019 was $826,277. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2021/10/23/new-uc-davis-vp-for-grand-challenges-jk-mazet-connected-to-wuhan-institute-of-virology-daszak-ecohealth/
“the PREDICT project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The aim of PREDICT is to enable global surveillance for viruses with the potential to spillover from animals to people and cause pandemics.” https://web.archive.org/web/20190928022823/https://www.ucdavis.edu/health/news/preventing-the-next-pandemic/
At 80, evil Fauci makes an easy target to take the fall for something much bigger. Oh, wait, RW Malone works for DTRA and claimed in the Joe Rogan interview: “I work with the chem biodefense group there’s other branches um including the other this is not the branch that funded the wuhan labs that’s another branch of DTRA um I’ve got many friends in the intelligence community so I’m I’m kind of a pretty deep insider in terms of the government I know Tony Fauci personally I’ve dealt with him my whole career and then and then we had this particular outbreak and um I was uh tip of the spear on bringing the ebola vaccine forward that we now call the merc ebola vaccine I’m the one that got Merk involved.” Interview transcript entered into the US Congressional Record by US Congressman Nehls: https://d12t4t5x3vyizu.cloudfront.net/nehls.house.gov/uploads/2022/01/JRE-Rogan-Malone-Transcript.pdf
As US Congressman Gallagher says: “It’s good that people are now focused on Dr. Fauci’s role and that NIAID and NIH funding going to the EcoHealth Alliance and by extension, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. But if you start to do basic research, it quickly becomes apparent that this is much bigger than Dr. Fauci – it involves the entire US government. … There’s a whole stream of funding from DOD that also needs to be analyzed and unpacked. DOD provided $30 million through DTRA, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to the EcoHealth Alliance, in part to study a number of different projects, including bat-borne zoonotic diseases coming from animals. And some of these grants appear actually to be ongoing. So we need clarity on whether any of the DOD funds going through DTRA pass through intermediaries to support research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, particularly since the State Department told us that there was Chinese military personnel using the Wuhan Institute to conduct military research. “ There’s also a separate pot of DOD money that DARPA runs called the PREEMPT program, which is related in some cases to the PREDICT program. I’ve heard from some people in this space that it’s basically the same program officers are working on it. It’s sort of the same intent. The stated intent is to collect samples from animals in the field, and then use them to predict how viruses may evolve. We need to know whether any of the funds from DARPA’s PREEMPT program went through EcoHealth Alliance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
That is the critical connection. All these cutouts that are then doing dangerous research at the Wuhan Institute, where even Dr. Fauci admitted, we don’t have 100% visibility into everything they’re doing. “And then the third major funding stream, though much smaller, it’s actually the most interesting and the most troubling to me. And that’s through the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security gave the EcoHealth Alliance, Daszak’s organization, $1 million to fund something called the Ground Truth Network…” See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/us-congressman-gallagher-this-is-bigger-than-dr-fauci/
From PREEMPT news release:
“Led by the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Comparative Medicine in the UC Davis schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the research team will concentrate efforts on Lassa virus and Ebola virus.”
“$9M to Preempt Zoonotic Spillover Threats, Protect Military and Local Communities: Strategies Include a Novel Animal Vaccine
By UC Davis News and Media Relations on February 19, 2019 in Human & Animal Health
Predicting the emergence of highly pathogenic viruses in animals and preventing them from spilling over to humans is the goal of a multimillion-dollar cooperative agreement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, with collaborating researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Idaho; and Plymouth University in England.
The up-to $9.37 million award will be used over 3½ years as part of DARPA’s Preventing Emerging Pathogenic Threats, or PREEMPT, program. PREEMPT seeks to improve medical preparedness, bolster the fight against emerging infectious disease and preserve the health of U.S. troops and communities around the world by containing high-risk zoonotic pathogens at their animal source.
“DARPA challenges the PREEMPT research community to look far earlier on the emerging threat timeline and identify opportunities to contain viruses before they ever endanger humans,” said Brad Ringeisen, the DARPA program manager for PREEMPT. “We require proactive options to keep our troops and the homeland safe from emerging infectious disease threats.”
Led by the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Comparative Medicine in the UC Davis schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the research team will concentrate efforts on Lassa virus and Ebola virus. These two infectious and often fatal zoonotic viruses present significant biological threats to deployed military personnel, local communities in West and Central Africa, and global health security.
From reactive to proactive
Despite a worldwide investment of time and resources, the ability to predict with certainty which viruses will make the zoonotic jump into humans remains elusive. As a result, responses to outbreaks have been reactive, with the focus on containing the spread of virus through behavior change and treating or vaccinating people infected after the initial spillover.
The first phase of the project is underway in Sierra Leone. Field teams will begin collecting and testing samples from Mastomys rats, a widespread local rodent and known reservoir for Lassa virus. The virus causes Lassa fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic illness endemic throughout West Africa.
The team works closely with the Sierra Leone government, University of Makeni, Njala University and community partners, leveraging relationships established over the past five years through the USAID-funded PREDICT project, also headquartered at the UC Davis One Health Institute.
Researchers will integrate data from the field studies, along with viral testing and probability models, to predict the real-time risk for Lassa virus emergence and spillover into people.
“PREEMPT takes a deep dive into Lassa virus and its ecology,” said Brian Bird, co-principal investigator of the PREEMPT project and global lead of PREDICT-Sierra Leone. “We want to understand why one particular variant of the virus spills over into people versus another.”
Potential game changer
In the second phase, researchers will design and test a novel vaccine in collaboration with The Vaccine Group and the Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology. Testing will occur exclusively in contained, biosecure facilities.
“A vaccine designed for broad uptake within a specific animal community could be a game changer,” said Peter Barry, co-principal investigator and professor emeritus with UC Davis Center for Comparative Medicine. “If we can disrupt the spread of a virus within an animal community, we will help to eliminate the threat of animal diseases ultimately spilling over into humans.”
A track record of success
The project team reflects broad expertise in field pathogen detection, disease dynamics and cytomegalovirus biology.
At UC Davis, the One Health Institute has been integral in global surveillance of zoonotic disease and capacity building through its leadership of PREDICT, a project that aims to find viruses before they spill over into humans. Last year, the PREDICT team announced the discoveries of a new species of ebolavirus and a closely related cousin, Marburg virus, in bats in Sierra Leone prior to those viruses ever being detected in a sick human or animal.
The Center for Comparative Medicine brings 20 years of research excellence in animal modeling of human diseases to the project. The PREEMPT team’s plan to use cytomegalovirus, a common virus, to vaccinate animals against other viruses, such as Lassa virus and Ebola virus, is a direct result of work initiated by Barry to develop a nonhuman primate model of human cytomegalovirus.
“This type of collaboration across disciplines made possible through this DARPA cooperative agreement is how we’ll get in front of the unpredictable nature of zoonotic diseases,” said Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “PREEMPT exemplifies the level of innovation that’s possible using a One Health approach, and it will protect lives on a global scale.”
In addition to Barry and Bird, the other co-principal investigators are Michael Jarvis, associate professor at Plymouth University’s School of Biomedical Sciences, from The Vaccine Group; and Professor Scott Nuismer from the University of Idaho.
Co-investigators include researchers Wolfram Brune of the Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology in Germany; Andrew Davison of the University of Glasgow in Scotland; and Alec Redwood of the University of Western Australia.“