Peter Daszak, a British member of the World Health Organization’s expert panel on the traceability of outbreaks, has repeatedly denied the “laboratory leak theory”. However, it was later revealed that he had close ties to China and had long collaborated with Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, on bat research. Now Daszak has been exposed in the media as having manipulated the “deadly” SARS coronavirus by his colleagues in China.
Fauci, the White House’s anti-epidemic adviser, admitted in a congressional hearing on May 25 that he had allocated more than $600,000 to the Wuhan Virus Institute through the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, of which Daszak is the chairman. “After his visit to Wuhan with a team of WHO experts in January, the expert panel’s report said the laboratory leak theory was “highly unlikely” to be valid. But afterwards, even WHO Secretary General Tan Desai objected to the conclusion, saying that the investigation should continue.
The National Pulse, a conservative U.S. media outlet, unearthed footage from a 2016 program on C-Span TV showing Daszak admitting that his Chinese “colleagues” manipulated the coronavirus at a forum on infectious diseases and pandemics that year. This appears to contradict Fauci’s repeated denials that he funded “gain-of-function” research on the virus at the Wuhan Virus Institute, the newspaper said.
In the film, Daszak said, “We found other coronaviruses in bats, a whole group of them, some of which looked like the SARS virus. So we sequenced the stinging proteins (stinging proteins are proteins that viruses attach to cells). And then we…well, I didn’t do this work, but my colleagues in China did this work: they made fake particles that were inserted into the spines proteins of those viruses to see if they bound to human cells. At each step in the process you get closer and closer to the virus, and eventually you can get a virus that is pathogenic to humans.”
He added: “You end up with a small number of viruses that do look like killers.”
The British newspaper The Sunday Times recently questioned that Daszak chaired a committee at the prestigious scientific journal The Prickly Tickle (Lancet) to study the source of the outbreak, while the British media recently uncovered that The Prickly Tickle and several other related academic journals had previously refused to publish research papers written by leading academics who doubted the virus’ natural origin.
In addition, Daszak worked closely with researcher Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the two published a report in 2015 on the “SARS-like bat coronavirus,” when their lab was at the second level of biosecurity, with only basic safety protections, such as lab coats and gloves.