A group of 77 Nobel laureates has jointly sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health calling for an "immediate reconsideration" over the cancellation of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that suggested "coronavirus originates from the nature." According to Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based research group had its funding revoked after it reported in April that the coronavirus highly likely jumped from animals to human.
As explained by the NIH, the research into the source of pandemics was not in line with "federal priorities." In response, the Nobel laureates described the NIH's move as "preposterous," calling for an investigation into the grant cancellation.
As said in the letter, "the decision sets a dangerous precedent" because it offered no "justifiable rationale" for "revoking a grant that was awarded based upon scientific merit."