The OIG said it will review NIH's monitoring of selected grants, as well as grantee use and management of NIH grant funds in accordance with federal requirements. A report is expected in 2022.

The NIH awarded a $3.4 million grant to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance from 2014 to 2019. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the premier lab for studying coronaviruses, was awarded a $600,000 subgrant under that contract, for the purpose of researching bat coronaviruses over five years.

Top Republicans, including Trump, blamed China for the emergence of the virus in 2020, claiming it escaped from the Wuhan lab, but never produced evidence.

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