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International News Apr 16, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Trudeau government gives $828,000 grant to Wuhan lab where virus may have originated

The Trudeau government is giving part of an $828,046 grant to a lab in China for a coronavirus research project.

Trudeau government gives $828,000 grant to Wuhan lab where virus may have originated
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

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The Trudeau government is giving part of an $828,046 grant to a lab in China for a coronavirus research project.

The lab receiving the money is the same lab that US intelligence sources believe is the source of the coronavirus outbreak, reports Rebel News.

On Canada's government website, they provide details on the research grant.

The website says: “This research addresses the urgent need of rapid point-of-care diagnostics of COVID-19. The collaborative research is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of virologists, chemists, infectious disease specialists, front-line practitioners, and public health researchers from the University of Alberta, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Wuhan Institute of Virology (China).”

“Our team members in Wuhan who currently perform the standard diagnostic tests will lead this effort.”

The grant was provided to assist efforts to speed up testing in areas without sufficient healthcare resources.

The Washington Post reports that the lab involved is the Wuhan Institute of Virology which was enough of a concern to U.S. officials “that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington. The cables warned about safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help. The first cable also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.”

A recent investigation by the Associated Press said: “In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.”

“Doctors in Wuhan were afraid,” noted Dali Yang, a Chinese politics professor at the University of Chicago. “It was truly intimidation of an entire profession.”

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