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EXC: Wuhan’s ‘Batwoman’ Advises a U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Group Which Lobbies Congress for Lower Standards for Foreign BioLabs.

The long-time Daszak collaborator has more influence on America's scientific community than many realize.


Dr. Shi Zhengli – the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus researcher – was elected to a leadership role for the American Academy of Microbiology, which receives millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers. The Academy has also advised the federal government to “remove hurdles for international collaboration” in high-level biosafety labs, The National Pulse can reveal.

Also known as Wuhan’s “Batwoman,” Dr. Shi runs the controversial Chinese laboratory’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and has received grants from Anthony Fauci’s National Institue of Health (NIH) agency to manipulate bat coronaviruses to become deadlier to humans. To many, this is where COVID-19 began.

Now, The National Pulse can reveal that despite being a “longtime collaborator” of EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, and becoming instrumental in the cover-up of COVID-19’s origins, Shi has a leadership position in the American scientific establishment at cost to the U.S. tax payer.

Dr. Shi was elected to serve as a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) – the American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM) “honorific leadership group” – in January 2019.

She still retains a biography page on the ASM website, which suggests the fellowship is still active. Despite several requests for comments from The National Pulse, neither the ASM nor the AAM responded to inquiries about Shi’s current status or details surrounding her fellowship.

Shi’s active bio on the ASM website.

Shi’s advisory role within the ASM gives her influence over the direction of the body, which received over $5.3 million in federal funds in 2020.

ASM has an advocacy program where it deploys its members to lobby Congress on public health issues and research regulations, including policies relevant to Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facilities. The Wuhan Institute of Virology hosts a BSL-4 laboratory.

Professor Ronald Atlas testified before Congress on behalf of the ASM in 2009, revealing the group had been advising the federal government on high-containment laboratories.

“During the past 2 years, the ASM has met with the Trans- Federal Task Force on Biosafety and Biocontainment Oversight and the Executive Order Working Group on strengthening the biosecurity of the United States and made a number of recommendations to those groups…” – Prof. Atlas

“These are not weapons laboratories; rather, they are research laboratories where investigations are carried out with the aim of protecting public health,” Atlas added.

On behalf of the ASM, Atlas also recommends that the NIH should change its regulation of international collaboration in these high-risk facilities:

“The NIH requirements that foreign institutions must have comparable facilities and standards that are U.S. Collaborative should be changed to remove hurdles for international collaboration.”

Daszak – a long-time friend and collaborate of Shi – was removed from the COVID-19 origins investigative team after exclusive National Pulse reporting into his unprecedented conflicts of interest.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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