Os documentos “leakados” expõe a proposta de financiamento da Ecohealth apresentada à DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), de 14 milhões de dólares para o projecto DEFUSED, que procurava identificar o risco de coronavírus zoonóticos dos morcegos passarem para humanos, mas foi alegadamente rejeitada pelo potencial de ganho de função.
“On Sept. 21, Drastic Research, an international network of scientists investigating the origins of the pandemic, exposed a grant proposal presented to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) by U.S.-based research organization EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) and headed by British zoologist Peter Daszak. The documents, which were leaked by an anonymous whistleblower, detail a US$14 million proposal dubbed “Project DEFUSE” that sought to identify the spillover risk of coronaviruses to “US warfighters” but was ultimately rejecteddue to potential gain of function (GoF) and DURC (dual use research of concern) research elements.
The proposal for the US$14 million grant, titled DEFUS (Defusing the Threat of Bat-Borne Coronaviruses), was submitted in 2018 and would have run from that year until 2022. EHA was requesting US$14,209,245 in funding and would have allocated US$1,182,877 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), with much of the rest subcontracted to the University of North Carolina, National University Singapore, United States Geological Survey Wildlife Health Center, and Palo Alto Research Center.
Among the more controversial proposed experiments presented in the application were the creation of bat coronavirus chimeras that would contain human-specific furin cleavage sites (FCS), the introduction of these viruses into humanized and “batified” mice, and a grandiose plan to “vaccinate” wild bats in caves against coronaviruses.”