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Subject I asked Bing Chat with GPT4 "Did the US fund the Wuhan Institute of Virology?"
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The answer to this question is not very straightforward, as it depends on how you define “fund” and what kind of research was conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Here are some facts that may help you understand this issue better:

The WIV is a Chinese research institute that specializes in virology and infectious diseases. It is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and receives funding from various sources, including the Chinese government, international organizations, and foreign grants1
The US government did not directly fund the WIV, but it did provide some funding to a US-based non-profit organization called EcoHealth Alliance, which collaborated with the WIV on some research projects2
EcoHealth Alliance is a global environmental health organization that studies the links between human, animal, and environmental health. It has received grants from various US agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)3
One of the grants that EcoHealth Alliance received from the NIH was for a project called “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence”. This project aimed to investigate the origins and diversity of coronaviruses in bats, and their potential to infect humans or animals4
As part of this project, EcoHealth Alliance partnered with several institutions around the world, including the WIV. EcoHealth Alliance provided some funding to the WIV to support its fieldwork and laboratory analysis of bat samples collected in China4
According to EcoHealth Alliance, the total amount of funding that it provided to the WIV between 2014 and 2019 was about $600,000, out of a total grant of $3.7 million from the NIH5 This funding was approved by both the US and Chinese governments, and was subject to oversight and review by both parties6
The research conducted by EcoHealth Alliance and the WIV was not classified as “gain-of-function” research, which is a type of research that involves modifying organisms to make them more transmissible or virulent7 However, some critics have argued that this research may have inadvertently created or enhanced coronaviruses that could cause a pandemic8
There is no conclusive evidence that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 originated from or leaked from the WIV. The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 in early 2021, and concluded that a laboratory origin was “extremely unlikely”. However, some experts have called for more transparency and data from China, and for further investigation into all possible scenarios.
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