US Shutters China Coronavirus Study

The US has halted funding for a decade-old project searching for new coronaviruses with pandemic potential.

US officials have launched an investigation into a key project partner, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, amid debunked suspicions that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from its labs.

"We know of hundreds of other coronaviruses that we've found evidence of in China that are waiting to emerge," says Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, which was running the project. "We are now going to be unable to know about the risk of that, which puts us completely at risk of the next pandemic.

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