Peter Daszak

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(virologist)
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BornUK
NationalityUS
Alma materBangor University, University of East London
Member ofEcoHealth Alliance
Interests • zoonosis
• Covid-19
• coronaviruses
• “climate change”
• diseases
One of Zhengli Shi’s "longtime partners" on the weaponisation of coronaviruses. Appeared with Bill Gates in November 2019. Energetic proponent of the "lone bat" theory and supporter of the creation of synthetic viruses as research tools who claimed to have no conflicts of interest about the origin of COVID-19.

“We don’t think twice about the cost of protecting against terrorism... We need to start thinking about pandemics the same way.”
Peter Daszak (21 April 2020)  [1]

Dr. Peter Daszak is a UK educated virologist who for years has worked with Zhengli Shi on the development of new coronaviruses.[2][3][4] He is president of EcoHealth Alliance, which disbursed NIH funds for the investigation of emerging viruses to laboratories including the Wuhan Institute of Virology.[5]

He has appeared with Bill Gates on multiple occasions to promote the zoonotic theory of COVID-19.[6][7] After the NIH cut his funding, CBS named him "a scientist whose work is helping in the search for a COVID-19 cure" and that it was "being undercut by pandemic politics."[8] He anonymously drafted a statement to The Lancet[9] that strongly condemned "conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin".[10]

Background

Peter Daszak took a B.Sc. in Zoology with applied zoology in Bangor University in 1987, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of East London,

Activities

In 2005, Daszak co-authored Bats Are Natural Reservoirs of SARS-Like Coronaviruses with a group of co-authors including Zhengli Shi.[11]

Daszak has worked with the WHO.[12]

Peter Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance was awarded $666,442 to carry our research into "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence."[13]

Media appearances

In November 2019 Daszak appeared in The Next Pandemic with Bill Gates, Joel Montgomery, Maryn McKenna, Allison McGeer, Allan Detsky.

“The real risk is in the wild in the way people interact with wildlife around the world,”
Peter Daszak[citation needed]

In April 2020 Daszak stated on Democracy Now! that "The idea that this virus escaped from a lab is just pure baloney."[14]

On 3 June 2020, The Telegraph reported Richard Dearlove's belief that Covid-19 was man made. On 9 June an article headlined Ignore the conspiracy theories: Scientists know Covid-19 wasn't created in a lab appeared in The Guardian, which initially made no mention of Daszak's long term working relationship with Zhengli Shi and the Wuhan Institute of Virology BSL-4 lab.[15]

Opinions

Pandemics are like terrorist attacks: We know roughly where they originate and what’s responsible for them, but we don’t know exactly when the next one will happen. They need to be handled the same way — by identifying all possible sources and dismantling those before the next pandemic strikes.”
Peter Daszak (27 February 2020)  [16]

Origins of Covid-19

Full article: COVID-19/Origins

On 9 June 2020 Daszak was published by the Guardian entitled Ignore the conspiracy theories: scientists know Covid-19 wasn't created in a lab. The article stated that "Most people (including former heads of intelligence agencies) aren’t trained in how to decipher genetic codes". The first version of the article made no mention of Daszak's work with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, although the article was amended to include this on 11 June.[15]

Daszak has promoted the zoonotic theory of the origins of COVID-19, arguing that accidental release from a BSL-4 lab is unlikely:

“The point is that, let’s look at a balance of probability. That’s what you have to do. We have a few hundred technicians and scientists working in these labs. They do not have a problem with staff or with security or with loose controls. These are very well-run labs. They’ve been inspected by the U.S. CDC, by people working in BSL-4 labs, high-security labs, in the U.S., in France and internationally. They’re accredited by the U.S. So, it’s ironic that now we’re saying they’re not very well organized. We actually inspected them properly and allowed them to open. You know, the cables that were reported in the — [interrupted]]”
Peter Daszak (16 April 2020)  [17]

Publications

Peter Daszak has published many papers on the emergence of viruses.

 

A Quote by Peter Daszak

PageQuoteDate
EcoHealth Alliance“Once we’ve got a good group of around 20 well-known people, I will then circulate this via social media and email, with a link to a webserver for others in the greater science community (and interested public) to sign on to this statement. I will then present this to the ISID meeting in KL, Malaysia in 2 weeks and I think we’ll get a big impact from that community and it should then take off. Please note that this statement will not have EcoHealth Alliance logo on it and will not be identifiable as coming from any one organization or person, the idea is to have this as a community supporting our colleagues.”6 February 2020


References

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/magazine/pandemic-vaccine.html New York Times
  2. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12250-013-3402-x
  3. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.31.116061v1
  4. https://openairoutreach.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/dr-fauci-funded-the-wuhan-lab-when-it-was-illegal-to-fund-gain-of-function-research-a-brief-timeline-of-the-wuhan-lab-dr-fauci-funded-for-coronavirus-experiments-2/
  5. https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-why-the-us-government-stopped-funding-a-research-project-on-bats-and-coronaviruses/
  6. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/april-26-2020-on-gps-bill-gates-on-overcoming-coronavirus/id377785090?i=1000472705023
  7. Coronavirus, Explained
  8. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-administration-coronavirus-vaccine-researcher-covid-19-cure-60-minutes/
  9. https://usrtk.org/biohazards-blog/ecohealth-alliance-orchestrated-key-scientists-statement-on-natural-origin-of-sars-cov-2/
  10. https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19437-why-are-the-lab-escape-denialists-telling-such-brazen-lies
  11. https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/research/center-infection-and-immunity/peter-daszak-phd
  12. https://slate.com/technology/2020/03/coronavirus-covid19-pandemic-cause-prediction-prevention.html
  13. https://openairoutreach.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/dr-fauci-funded-the-wuhan-lab-when-it-was-illegal-to-fund-gain-of-function-research-a-brief-timeline-of-the-wuhan-lab-dr-fauci-funded-for-coronavirus-experiments-2/
  14. https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/16/peter_daszak_coronavirus
  15. a b https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/09/conspiracies-covid-19-lab-false-pandemic
  16. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/opinion/coronavirus-pandemics.html New York Times
  17. https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/16/peter_daszak_coronavirus Democracy Now!
  18. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.31.116061v1