NIH and CDC Officials Listed as EcoHealth Partners

( According to the National Pulse, EcoHealth Alliance lists as “partners” several high-ranking officials from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Pulse claims that EcoHealth Alliance’s website lists three CDC officials and one official from the NIH as active “partners” of EcoHealth.

EcoHealth Alliance is the nonprofit organization at the center of the scandal surrounding US taxpayer funds going to gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese lab which may be the source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The individuals the National Pulse reports as “partners” with EcoHealth are Dr. Rima Khabbaz, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Dr. Heinz Feldmann, a senior investigator at the NIH, Captain Jason Thomas, the bio-surveillance coordinator for the CDC, and Dr. Stuart Nichol, chief of the Molecular Biology Section of the Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC.

The National Pulse does not describe what active role if any these “partners” play at EcoHealth Alliance. Nor do they explain the significance of the connection – other than the fact that EcoHealth Alliance is in the middle of a scandal related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the funding of gain-of-function research.

In other words, the National Pulse appears to be combing through EcoHealth’s website looking for names of people who work at federal agencies, then declaring them guilty by association.

The “Partners” page on EcoHealth’s website includes a number of hospitals, universities, and health ministries throughout the US and the world. Even the CDC and the NIH are listed among EcoHealth’s “partners.” Are we to presume that all of them are somehow implicated in the EcoHealth scandal as well?

The individuals the National Pulse highlights aren’t “Partners” per se, but “Science and Policy Advisors.” That’s not exactly a smoking gun.

Nonprofits often have advisors. It’s just how they’re set up. EcoHealth Alliance, as a nonprofit organization isn’t going to be any different.

This could just be a case of claiming nefarious intent where there isn’t any.