| Peter Daszak |
|Alma mater||Bangor University, University of East London|
|Member of||EcoHealth Alliance|
|Interests|| • zoonosis|
• “climate change”
• Biological weapon/Research
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.
Dr. Peter Daszak is a UK educated virologist who for years worked with Zhengli Shi on gain-of-function research to create new coronaviruses. He is president of EcoHealth Alliance, which disbursed NIH funds for the investigation of emerging viruses to laboratories including the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He has appeared with Bill Gates on multiple occasions to promote the zoonotic theory of COVID-19. 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." He anonymously drafted a statement to The Lancet that strongly condemned "conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin".
In January 2021 he was "facing calls to step down from two key inquiries into the origins of Covid-19 after leading the global battle to dismiss suggestions that it might have leaked from a Chinese laboratory linked to his charity."
“Well I think... coronaviruses — you can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happen with coronavirus, in zoonotic risk. So you can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work a lot with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this. Insert into the backbone of another virus and do some work in the lab.”
Peter Daszak (9 December 2019) 
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.
“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) 
Origins of Covid-19
- Full article: COVID-19/Origins
- 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 Instit].ute of Virology]], although the article was amended to include this on 11 June.
Daszak has promoted the zoonotic theory of the [[origins of C 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 WuhanOVID-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) 
Peter Daszak has published many papers on the emergence of viruses.
- 31 May 2020 - Origin and cross-species transmission of bat coronaviruses in China with Alice Latinne, Ben Hu, Kevin J. Olival, Guangjian Zhu, Libiao Zhang, Hongying Li, Aleksei A. Chmura, Hume E. Field, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Jonathan H. Epstein, Bei Li, Wei Zhang, Lin-Fa Wang, Zheng-Li Shi and Peter Daszak
A Quote by Peter Daszak
|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|
- https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/magazine/pandemic-vaccine.html New York Times
- Coronavirus, Explained