What Happened: The Trump administration defunded a National Institutes of Health grant supporting research on bat-human virus transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research seems to have been defunded due to a false reports that some of the grant funding was distributed to a lab in Wuhan, China - a lab that has been the center of a conspiracy theory that it was responsible for the release of the coronavirus from its facilities.
Why it Matters: Scientific grant funding should not be stopped due to political purposes. Furthermore, scientists should be afforded the resources they need to conduct research that helps our government make decision effectively, especially during a pandemic when such research could literally save lives.
Learn more about the administration's attack on grant funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.