Peter Daszak Urged To Resign After Wuhan Lab Scandal

( )- On September 30, ten research scientists signed on to a letter to the Board of EcoHealth Alliance calling on them to remove Peter Daszak from his position as president of the New York-based scientific research NGO.

The letter, which was also addressed to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, accused Daszak of concealing conflicts of interest, withholding critical information, as well as misleading public opinion during the COVID pandemic by making false statements.

The EcoHealth Alliance has been implicated in the origins of the coronavirus because it has provided NIH funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Daszak’s cozy relationship with the Wuhan lab prompted him to recruit scientists to sign onto a letter published in The Lancet in the spring of 2020 condemning the lab leak theory as “xenophobic” and “conspiracy theory.”

At the time the Lancet published the letter, it was unaware of Daszak’s direct involvement with the Wuhan lab. And this year, the Lancet added a disclaimer to the letter informing readers of Daszak’s conflict of interest.

In the letter, the scientists criticize Daszak for claiming in May 2020 that there was no evidence to support the theory that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan lab. The letter also accuses Daszak of denying that EcoHealth Alliance’s Chinese collaborators kept live bats, despite the evidence that they did. The scientists claim Daszak had “gone a step too far” by allowing EcoHealth Alliance to propose making “human-optimized virus constructs.”

The scientists call on the EHA board to “fulfill its role” by taking immediate steps to remove Daszak from his position with the organization.

Among those who signed on to the letter are Jamie Metzl, who formerly sat on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing; nanoscience researcher Rolan Wiesendanger from the University of Hamburg; and arms control and bioweapons researcher from the University of Maryland, Milton Leitenberg.

Daszak has frequently collaborated with the director of the Wuhan Institute, the notorious “bat lady,” Dr. Shi Zhengli. He has co-authored almost a dozen papers with Dr. Shi, and, through EcoHealth Alliance, has funneled at least $600,000 in US government funding to her research lab.