Ever since it became “acceptable” to say the coronavirus may have leaked out of the lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that had been conducting gain-of-function research with bat-virus strains, one name in particular keeps popping up. That would be Peter Daszak.
Daszak is a zoologist and the President of the EcoHealth Alliance, an organization which describes itself as “a global environmental health nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and public health from the emergence of disease.”
EcoHealth received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2014. His organization was involved with the WIV and it is believed that Daszak passed on some portion of that grant to subsidize gain-of-function research at WIV.
Daszak stands at the center of the effort to mislead the world as to the origin of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, we learned that Daszak emailed Dr. Anthony Fauci on April 18, 2020 to essentially thank him for lying to protect the group’s effort to deceive Americans about how the virus may have begun. I posted about that here.
On Thursday, we learned that Daszak was the writer and the organizer of the joint statement signed by 27 renowned public health scientists that was published in the elite medical journal called The Lancet on Feb. 19, 2020. This letter, which was scolding in nature, effectively shut down debate over where COVID’s origins – just as it was intended to.
It read: “The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins. We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),1 and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.”
These so-called “experts” did the world a great disservice by signing on to this statement. They allowed China to avoid blame for the virus – for a time anyway. It was this letter that did more than anything else to turn the tide away from the lab leak theory.
The media would point to this letter from the “experts” and ridicule anyone who mentioned the lab leak theory. ‘See, see the letter signed by 27 experts.’
Now we’re learning that The Lancet has set up a task force to investigate the origins of COVID and they’ve selected Daszak to lead it. This is akin to asking Jen Psaki to lead a probe into possible fraud in the 2020 election.
Summit News’ Steve Watson wrote “ANYBODY but this guy would be more suitable. … Dr Peter Daszak, who is heading up this task force, is perhaps the least suitable scientist on the planet to objectively analyse the data, given his track record.”
Daszak also works for the World Health Organisation. He was the lead investigator on the World Health Organization team that traveled to Wuhan in February to determine if the virus had escaped from the lab. Predictably, they concluded it had likely originated in nature. Watson wrote that Daszak reached that conclusion within three hours.
In the video below, recorded on December 9, 2019, shortly before the world found out about the coronavirus, Daszak is being interviewed by virologist Vincent Racaniello. Daszak tells Racaniello:
“You can manipulate them [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily. … The spiked proteins drive a lot about what happens. You can get the sequence you can build the protein, we work with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this, insert into the backbone of another virus and do some work in a lab.” (29:54 in the video)
Watson reports that “Daszak was later employed as an ‘expert fact checker’ by Facebook when it was monitoring and removing ‘misinformation’ about the origins of COVID on its platform, much of which was credible scientific research. Facebook has since reversed the policy of banning any posts containing information suggesting COVID-19 was “man-made”.”
Having approved the awarding of NIH funding to Wuhan Institute of Virology–twice–Fauci has a massive conflict of interest on subject.
Failure to disclose this conflict of interest represents journalistic malpractice.
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) May 5, 2020
Okay, so Daszak has funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab, he led the WHO’s February investigation, he persuaded 27 respected scientists to sign onto a letter which derides, without offering any scientific evidence, anyone who thinks the virus could have escaped from the lab, and now he’s been appointed to lead The Lancet’s investigation.
Last spring, Gilles Demaneuf, a data scientist working for the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland wondered the same thing and began with a research project of his own. He ultimately assembled a group of researchers which became known as DRASTIC. He told his fascinating story to a Vanity Fair reporter. And I will write about it tomorrow.