A senior scientist who worked closely with the Wuhan Institute of Virology has confirmed the disputed origin of the COVID-19 coronavirus, settling a nearly three-year-long debate.

Dr. Andrew Huff, the former vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, confirms in his new book The Truth About Wuhan that the virus was leaked from a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

“EcoHealth Alliance and foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Huff writes in his book, a pre-release copy of which was provided to The Sun.

Dr. Huff worked at EcoHealth Alliance when it was first given the grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2014 to study bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute.

EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, who led the 2014 coronavirus project, steered over $600,000 in funds to the Wuhan lab, which ultimately became the source of the virus leak. But Daszak and Dr. Anthony Fauci denied that the lab was the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting that it originated in a “Chinese wet market”.

In February 2020, Daszak helped publish a letter in The Lancet condemning the lab leak hypothesis as a conspiracy theory. The letter was used by government officials and media outlets to scorn those who suggested the virus was leaked from the lab. Social media platforms placed a ban on the “conspiracy theory”.

Leaked emails, however, showed that top U.S. and British scientists believed the virus originated in the Wuhan lab, but decided to shut down the theory for political reasons – “international harmony,” as one put it.

Fauci, in the meantime, was claiming in Congress under oath that the NIH “has not ever and is not now funding gain-of-function research.” Gain-of-function (GoF) research genetically alters an organism to enhance it; in other words, creates viruses so antidotes can be developed.

But NIH Principal Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak said in a letter last year that EcoHealth admitted the NIH grant was used to infect mice with a modified bat coronavirus to make them sicker.

As reported by Frontline News in October, the NIH has issued another grant for the same gain-of-function research.

The project, which will again be “analyzing the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence,” will again be granted to EcoHealth Alliance Inc and will again be led by Peter Daszak. The $650,000 grant is being issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and is set to end August 31, 2027.

However, unlike the last bat coronavirus research project in 2014-2019 which studied China, this project will study the potential for coronavirus in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

“China knew from day one that this was a genetically engineered agent,” Dr. Huff told The Sun, adding that “the US government is to blame for the transfer of dangerous biotechnology to the Chinese.”

“I was terrified by what I saw. We were just handing them bioweapon technology,” he said, calling it the “biggest cover-up in history.”

“Nobody should be surprised that the Chinese lied about the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and then went to extraordinary lengths to make it appear as if the disease naturally emerged,” said the scientist. “The shocking part of all of this is how the United States government lied to all of us.”