The head of a nonprofit group with close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology personally thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci in April 2020 for the public rejected the idea that the lab could be connected to the release of COVID-19.
EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak April 18, 2020, emails to Fauci about a 3,200-page batch of Fauci emails obtained by BuzzFeed news on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. A large portion of Daszak’s email to Fauci was amended by a FOIA exemption indicating that the text could be expected to interfere with the continuation of law enforcement.
Daszak personally thanked Fauci in the email for the courage he showed during a White House press briefing the other day when he said that the novel coronavirus exhibits forms that are “perfectly compatible” with an animal of human origin and that is not aimed at manipulating the lab.
Fauci’s comments were framed in time by media outlets such as Business Insider as a rejection of the lab leak “conspiracy theory.”
“I just want to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and colleagues, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat -to-after spillover, not lab release from Wuhan Institute of Virology, ”Daszak wrote to Fauci.
“From my perspective, your comments are bold, and from your confidence in the voice, help dispel the myths thrown around by the origin of the virus,” Daszak added.
The email was first highlighted by reporter Sarah Westwood.
Peter Daszak, who has been involved both in Wuhan coronavirus research & in misleading the public about the likelihood of having a lab outbreak, thanked Fauci for helping “dispel myths” of COVID sources and criticized Fox News for targeting what he provides. From @JasonLeopold FOIA batch pic.twitter.com/LgloFVaFZX
– Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) June 1, 2021
Fauci responded to Daszak the next day thanking him for his message of encouragement, the email showed.
Fauci changed his position on lab leak theory in May, he said PolitiFact’s Katie Sanders that she is “not convinced” that COVID-19 is naturally developed.
The EcoHealth Alliance did not immediately return a request for comment.
The EcoHealth Alliance, under Daszak’s leadership, provided $ 600,000 tax dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology before the pandemic to conduct dangerous experiments on bat-based coronaviruses, previously reported by Daily Caller News Foundation.
Experts say the research by the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) provided by EcoHealth, which involves paying for the lab in Wuhan, describes the research obtained. However, NIAID, led by Fauci, declined to boast of providing for independent review by a Department of Health and Human Services management department formed in late 2017 to critically review the research provided. obtained by the function
Daszak played a key role in initiating the pandemic in curbing the debate about the possibility that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could be connected to the COVID-19 outbreak.
roof planned a statement published in The Lancet medical journal in February 2020 prior to any serious research on the origin of COVID-19 condemning “conspiracy theories” suggesting that the virus had no natural origin. Daszak later admitted through a spokesman that he had organized the statement to protect Chinese scientists from online criticism.
Daszak was also the only U.S. citizen allowed to participate in the World Health Organization’s review of the start of COVID-19 in China in January and February. The WHO did not ask to see the deleted databases of the Wuhan Institute of Virology containing information on at least 16,000 virus samples it studied before the pandemic because Daszak said that personally committed for the lab.
Daszak said U.S. intelligence at the Wuhan Institute of Virology should not be trusted after he and his WHO colleagues concluded more likely it was released by COVID-19 from the lab.
Several media outlets have published stories over the past two weeks attesting to legitimacy in the COVID-19 lab leak theory after decaying the hypothesis as an unfounded conspiracy in the first year of the pandemic.