Our tongue-in-cheek references aside, Peter Daszak is turning out to be a nuclear-grade, evil dude. The Bond villain imagery of Dr. Julius No, Auric Goldfinger, or Elliot Carver is not doing him justice.
Not. At. All.
There is one name, however, which keeps coming up related to the virus, tied to the funding, research, and now, the potential ongoing cover-up of gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. That name is Peter Daszak.
Daszak is the President of EcoHealth Alliance, the organization which has funneled at least $600,000 to the WIV in the course of the last several years. Daszak also has conducted his own research in conjunction with Dr. Shi Zhengli of the WIV, some of which is categorically and indisputably gain-of-function. But it seems that no matter where you turn on this story, Daszak is there.
From Mr. Hounsell’s detailed articles, here is what we know:
- On April 18, 2020, just six weeks after the initial outbreak in the United States, Daszak sent an email to Dr. Anthony Fauci, thanking him for his comments dismissing the lab-leak theory.
- Daszak has been mounting counter offensives about the Wuhan virus from Day 1. Daszak was one of the authors of the World Health Organization (WHO) report: “Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. In this report, the WHO determined that the virus likely originated from a zoonotic spillover or a natural mutation. This report did the work of absolving Daszak, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, of any liability in the release of the virus. What’s more, Daszak was an “expert” for Science Feedback, Facebook’s Fact Check for all things COVID.
- The Lancet is a weekly, peer-reviewed medical journal. In the March 7, 2020 issue, a group of scientists from around the world wrote a letter which condemned conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID-19. Daszak was not only a signatory on the letter, but four other signers were either employees of EcoHealth Alliance, or on the board of directors.
There is so much more, and Scott recaps it all here.