group of 77 Nobel laureates has jointly sent a letter to the National Institutes
of Health calling for an "immediate reconsideration" over the cancellation of a
federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that suggested
"coronavirus originates from the nature." According to Peter Daszak, president
of the EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based research group had its funding
revoked after it reported in April that the coronavirus highly likely jumped
from animals to human.
As explained by the NIH, the research into the source of
pandemics was not in line with "federal priorities." In response, the Nobel
laureates described the NIH's move as "preposterous," calling for an
investigation into the grant cancellation.
As said in the letter, "the decision
sets a dangerous precedent" because it offered no "justifiable rationale" for
"revoking a grant that was awarded based upon scientific merit."