Peter Daszak is removed from COVID commission following bombshell conflict-of-interest report that exposed his ties to Wuhan Institute of Virology after he organized letter denouncing lab leak claim
- The British scientist’s profile on commission website now shows him as recused
- Daszak is president of New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, a medical nonprofit
- He has for years been a strong supporter of the work of the Wuhan laboratory
- Anthony Fauci’s institute gave grants to EcoHealth to support Wuhan work
- Daszak’s passionate defense of the Wuhan lab’s work has raised eyebrows
- He said the idea that COVID-19 could have escaped from the lab was conspiracy
- Daszak insisted live bats were not kept at Wuhan, but now admits they may
- He is increasingly seen as a compromised figure without scientific objectivity
British scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the COVID commission looking at the origins of the pandemic after significant questions were raised about his scientific impartiality.
Daszak, president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, was one of 28 experts from around the world asked to analyze how best to respond to the pandemic.
The panel comprised leading global figures in public health, economics, philanthropy, diplomacy and politics.
On Monday, his profile was updated to include the note: ‘recused from Commission work on the origins of the pandemic’.
On Monday the COVID commission updated their website to show that Daszak was recused