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Pandemic-expert removed from commission investigating COVID origin after links to Wuhan-lab’s chief researcher

Dr. Peter Daszak is president of EcoHealth Alliance, a US based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development.

Daszak, 55, president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, was one of 28 experts from around the world asked to analyze how best to respond to the pandemic. The panel comprised leading global figures in public health, economics, philanthropy, diplomacy and politics. Daszak’s presence on a number of individuals investigating the origins of COVID-19 has been found to be very controversial because he has links to the Wuhan Institute and its chief researcher, Dr Shi Zhengli – nicknamed as ‘Batwoman’.

Peter Daszak helped organize a letter published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. This journal denounced the lab leak claim as a “conspiracy theory,” and “nonscientific.” The following letter written in The Lancet says “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.” In the leading journal for the commission of Covid-19, Daszak admitted in a statement that his organization receives funding from the United States government and sends that money to labs in China [Swift Headline].

Daszak has since faced conflict of interest claims over his ties to the lab investigators increasingly believe COVID may have leaked from. Supporters of the theory say it is too much of a coincidence that the virus emerged in the same Chinese city that houses one of only three labs in the world studying bat coronaviruses, with the other two both based in the United States. The conservation charity of which Daszak is the director, EcoHealth Alliance, has funneled money into the lab and research being done by Dr Zhengli.

The words “recused from Commission work on the origins of the pandemic” now appears on Daszaks profile on the website for The Lancet Commission, however, the website does not explain why Daszak was removed and is the only commissioner to be removed as appeared on the website. Republicans in Congress have demanded information from EcoHealth Alliance about the activities they fund in China. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie, and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith requested information about the viruses WIV was working on within 2019 in a letter to Daszak. House Republicans have also called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Inspector General to probe Daszak’s grants from NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases” [Daily Caller].

ARTICLE: COOPER RODRIGUEZ

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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