USAID to Spend $125 Million on Finding 8,000 to 12,000 New Viruses to Scare You With

Grand effort to scour the Earth for new viruses, characterize their "pandemic potential" and publicize findings

What virus are we locking you down over this week?

To better identify and prevent future pandemics, WSU has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to head up a new five-year, approximately $125 million global project.

The USAID Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses, or DEEP VZN project, will build scientific capacity in partner countries to safely detect and characterize unknown viruses which have the potential to spill over from wildlife and domestic animals to human populations.

“To make sure the world is better prepared for these infectious disease events, which are likely to happen more frequently as wild areas become increasingly fragmented, we need to be ready,” said Felix Lankester, lead principal investigator for USAID DEEP VZN and associate professor with WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health. “We will work to not only detect viruses but also build capacity in other countries, so the United States can collaborate with them in carrying out this important work.”

The project plans to partner with up to 12 targeted countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to carry out large-scale animal surveillance programs within their own countries, safely, using their own laboratory facilities.

DEEP VZN builds on previous work by significantly scaling up USAID’s efforts to understand where and how viruses spill over from animals to humans. With more than 70 percent of viral outbreaks in people originating from animals, understanding future threats helps protect the U.S. as well as the global community.

The project will focus on finding previously unknown pathogens from three viral families that have a large potential for viral spillover from animals to humans: coronaviruses, the family that includes SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19; filoviruses, such as the Ebola virus; and paramyxoviruses which includes the viruses that cause measles and Nipah.

The goals are ambitious: to collect over 800,000 samples in the five years of the project, most of which will come from wildlife; then to detect whether viruses from the target families are present in the samples. When those are found, the researchers will determine the zoonotic potential of the viruses, or the ability to transfer from animals to humans.

This process is expected to yield 8,000 to 12,000 novel viruses, which researchers will then screen and sequence the genomes of the ones that pose the most risk to animal and human health.

To meet these goals, WSU will draw on the strengths of a consortium of partners including the virology expertise of University of Washington and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as well as data management and in-country expertise of public health nonprofits PATH and FHI 360. WSU along with their partners have established presence in countries in the target regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

WSU will also draw on its own strengths in veterinary medicine and on-the-ground expertise from the Allen School for Global Health, which has done extensive work on infectious disease transmission globally.

“Our approach is to collaborate with in-country partners, working side-by-side with their scientists and institutions.” said Tom Kawula, director of WSU’s Allen School for Global Health. “Our consortium partners help extend our reach and have the same philosophy of working with the people as well as existing structures and expertise in each country.”   One of the consortium’s first tasks is to select the exact countries for DEEP-VZN based on their high risk for emerging infectious disease, capacity to safely conduct viral discovery work and commitment to share data with global partners.

Source: Washington State University Insider

  1. guest says

    The term “mengele” should be replaced by the term “fauci”
    Not in his wildest nightmare did Mr. Mengele imagine digging up dead bodies of Spanish Flu victims and reviving the disease still in them. That takes a fauci, an exponentially higher grade of insane criminal.

    Mr. Mengele was one person, during a war. Today there are hordes of faucis, in peace-time, under a democratically elected government for the people by the people.

    1. Tony says

      You have been brainwashed with the lies about “Nazi Germany” promoted to this day by the same parasites that are doing this to us today. The Nuremberg trials were a complete sham.

  2. ken says

    We’re gonna be veritable pin cushions for these lunatics.

    New and improved Auschwitz . Impfstoff Macht Frei

    1. Mr Reynard says

      Impfung Macht Frei ! Ken…

  3. Zinsky says

    This project is a GOOD thing and well worth our tax dollars, The shameful, crackpot lies spread about Dr. Anthony Fauci, a man who has devoted 40+ years of his life to America’s public health, are ludicrous and evil. His family receives death threats because of lies spread by Mike Adams, Dr. Mercola, Christine Massey et al. They deserve to be in jail for endangering public health with their idiotic lies and misstatements.

    1. Mark says

      Now, take your AZT and Remdesivir like a good little NPC drone…

    2. rm p says

      Soros money jingling in your pocket?

    3. canuck says

      you are insane like he is

    4. Howard T. Lewis III says

      Babylonian Talmud. Protocols of Zion. Read them both. ZinSKY.

  4. Ra-Horkhute says

    More viruses & bacteria can be found just by destroying the rain forests. I guess that’s not fast enough.

    1. Howard T. Lewis III says

      Trillions of different exosomes, prions, viruses, and other scrap RNA and DNA are given off by respiration and shedding by every organism on earth. The Gates/Fauci/Rothschild plan to kill us all off so they can have more will succeed if the sheeple do not wise up. Sheep DO NOT follow any shepherd. They follow the dominant ram. The sheeple’s dominant ram is the British Empire/Vatican Commonwealth Press Union controlled Council on Foreign Relations American television news media. The sheeple are following their lying CFRtv sets right off the cliff, just like sheep following their dominant ram if he panics.

  5. Howard T. Lewis III says

    There are an infinite number of exosomes, viruses, prions and generally junk RNA and DNA pieces out there for which Billkill Gates and Faucifraud can dress in pink leather to jab you with a poison to slow kill you while their eyelids flutter. Gates’ father first plied the high school pre-Microsoft boys with endless cocaine and runaway girls to keep them down on the farm. Not theory.

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