In July 2020, U.S. Right to Know began submitting public records requests in pursuit of data from public institutions in an effort to discover what is known about the origins of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19. We are also researching accidents, leaks and other mishaps at laboratories where pathogens of pandemic potential are stored and modified, and the risks of gain-of-function research, which involve experiments on such pathogens to increase their host range, infectivity, transmissibility or pathogenicity.
For more information about our investigation, see our biohazards page. You can read our reporting here on the documents we have obtained so far from Freedom of Information requests. The documents are posted below in chronological order in which we received them.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) grant documents
Records obtained from a FOIA request to DTRA, containing DTRA grants and awards to the EcoHealth Alliance, for projects such as: biosurveillance for zoonotic spillover of viruses in rural communities in India; reducing the threat of MERS coronavirus and avian influenza; predicting biothreat impacts from early stage data via transfer learning, and more.
DTRA batch #1 (2.22.22) (2790 pages)
Records obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, containing DTRA grants and awards to the EcoHealth Alliance, for projects such as: developing a rapid identification tool for undisclosed emerging infectious disease events, understanding Rift Valley fever in South Africa, serological biosurveillance for spillover of henipaviruses and filoviruses in Malaysia and India, and others.
Chao Shan/University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston emails
Chao Shan batch #1 (6.30.22) (932 pages)
Dr. Chao Shan conducted research on Zika virus as a postdoctoral scientist with Professor Pei-Yong Shi at UTMB-Galveston, before taking a position at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Yoshihiro Kawaoka/University of Wisconsin-Madison emails
UW-Madison batch #1 (6.26.22) (63 pages)
Records were obtained via a Wisconsin Public Records Law request to the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison for emails of Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka. Dr. Kawaoka conducts research on influenza viruses and coronaviruses, and became well-known for his gain-of-function experiments to enable the airborne spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) records
Department of Education
Department of Education batch #1 (6.15.22) (1095 pages)
U.S. State Department records
See our reporting: Lab accident is ‘most likely but least probed’ COVID origin, State Dept. memo says (3.28.22)
State Department batch #11 (2.24.22) (52 pages)
State Department batch #10 (1.25.22) (47 pages)
State Department batch #9 (12.27.21) (20 pages)
State Department batch #8 (12.7.21) (16 pages)
State Department batch #7 (10.28.21) (37 pages)
State Department batch #6 (9.27.21) (100 pages)
State Department batch #5 (7.26.21) (56 pages)
- January 2018 cable on the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 laboratory (a more complete version of the cable first reported by Josh Rogin in the Washington Post)
See our reporting:
- Wuhan lab director ordered staff not to discuss Covid-19, State Department cable says, citing blogger (6.28.21)
- Three State Department Cables (5.27.21)
University of Texas Medical Branch
Vineet Menachery/Pei-Yong Shi/UTMB batch #2 (5.4.22) (5070 pages)
LeDuc/UTMB batch #1 (4.27.22) (4578 pages)
UTMB-Wuhan Institute of Virology memorandum of understanding (4.20.22) (9 pages)
See our reporting: Wuhan lab can delete data in ‘explosive’ legal agreement with U.S. lab. (4.20.22)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records
See our reporting: Emails raise questions about China’s sway over first WHO mission on COVID-19.
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) records
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) records
UC Davis/Jonna Mazet emails and documents
Documents obtained through a California Public Records Act request for records of UC Davis Vice Provost Jonna Mazet. Dr. Mazet was the principal investigator on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) Program PREDICT-1 and PREDICT-2 grants with the EcoHealth Alliance.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records
Records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) communications with or about the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other Wuhan-based research institutes; EcoHealth Alliance; China; and the Global Health Security Agenda. Records include proposed SARS-CoV-2 human challenge studies (not clinical trials) to evaluate COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, associated with the published World Health Organization nCoV Research & Development Blueprint. Draft informed consent and study protocols as well as descriptions of biocontainment units and SARS-CoV-2 challenge strains are included.
Batch #1 (12.10.21)(262 pages)
Xiang-Dong Fu emails
Documents obtained through a California Public Records Act request for records of Professor Xiang-Dong Fu, Distinguished Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California- San Diego. Dr. Fu has been a member of the International Executive Committee of Performance Evaluation of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Batch #1 (11.12.21) (641 pages)
Latinne et al. (2020) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
NCBI emails (10.12.21): File #1, File #2, File #3, File #4, File #5, File #6, File #7, File #8. Emails between NCBI and scientists from Ecohealth Alliance and Wuhan Institute of Virology regarding the submission of genetic sequence information about bat betacoronavirus isolate 7896, which is very closely related to RaTG13.
National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)
NSABB emails (10.11.21) (104 pages). Emails between Mary Ellen Groesch, NSABB members, and NIH staff regarding the replacement of 11 NSABB members, and 2014 plans to discuss dual use research guidelines (DURC) and a new biosecurity and biosafety program.
Documents obtained through FOIA to the NIH for email correspondence of Dr. Mary Ellen Groesch, Office of the Director, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and former executive director of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).
Shan-Lu Liu emails
Zhengli Shi’s edits to a widely-cited EM&I commentary titled “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2.” (9.27.21) (10 pages). Document obtained through an Ohio Public Records Act request for a missing attachment from the email records of Ohio State University Professor Shan-Lu Liu.
Shan-Lu Liu emails: Ohio State University (8.4.21) (488 pages). Documents obtained through an Ohio Public Records Act request for the email records of Shan-Lu Liu, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University.
See our reporting:
- Senior Chinese scientist acquired SARS-CoV-2 in lab infection accident, virologist says (8.5.21)
- Wuhan Institute of Virology has many unreported bat virus samples, collaborating virologist says (8.10.21)
- Scientists who authored article denying lab engineering of SARS-CoV-2 privately acknowledged possible lab origin, emails show (8.11.21)
CSIRO emails: Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Records. Documents obtained through an Australian Freedom of Information Act request to CSIRO for email records between Gary Crameri, Researcher, Health and Biosecurity Business Unit, Australian Center for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) of CSIRO, and collaborators, including Drs. Lin-Fa Wang and Edward C. Holmes.
Fang Li emails
Fang Li emails: (6.25.21) (1234 pages). Documents obtained from public records requests for emails of Fang Li, PhD, Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota.
Linda Saif emails
Linda Saif emails batch #1: (4.7.21) (303 pages). Documents obtained from public records requests for emails of Linda Saif, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine, Center for Food Animal Health, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State University.
See our reporting: Chinese-linked journal editor sought help to rebut Covid-19 lab origin hypothesis (5.24.21)
Ralph Baric emails
Ralph Baric emails batch #4: (12.30.21) (24 pages) Documents made available through a North Carolina public records law request for communications of Professor Ralph Baric related to biodefense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Ralph Baric emails batch #3: (2.25.21) (22,736 pages) Documents obtained from public records requests for emails Ralph Baric, PhD, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ralph Baric emails batch #2: (2.17.21) (332 pages).
See our reporting:
- Chinese scientists sought to change name of deadly coronavirus to distance it from China (2.17.21)
- Emails show scientists discussed masking their involvement in key journal letter on Covid origins (2.15.21)
Ralph Baric emails batch #1 (12.14.20) (83,416 pages). Dr. Ralph Baric’s emails with EcoHealth Alliance, Wuhan Institute of Virology, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and experts in biodefense and infectious diseases.
See our reporting:
- New emails show scientists’ deliberations on how to discuss SARS-CoV-2 origins (12.14.20)
- Items from coronavirus expert Ralph Baric‘s emails (12.14.20)
Rebekah Kading and Tony Schountz emails
Rebekah Kading and Tony Schountz (1.21.21) (2276 pages). Documents obtained from Colorado State University professors Rebekah Kading and Tony Schountz of the Center for Vector-Born Infectious Diseases (CVID).
See our reporting:
- How safe are the biolabs at Colorado State? (1.21.21)
- Colorado State University documents on bat pathogen research (1.21.21)
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
NCBI Emails (12.29.20) (63 pages). Emails with coronavirus scientists who authored four key studies on coronavirus origins, about their revisions to genomic datasets associated with these studies.
See our reporting: Altered datasets raise more questions about reliability of key studies on coronavirus origins (12.29.20)
Rita Colwell emails
Rita Colwell emails with EcoHealth Alliance staff (11.18.20) (466 pages). Documents obtained from public records requests for emails of Rita Colwell, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the EcoHealth Alliance board of directors.
See our reporting: