It was April 17 last year when Fauci made statements to minimize the thesis that Covid-19 could have come from a laboratory in Wuhan. The next day, the American immunologist received an email of thanks from the British zoologist Peter Daszak for the position expressed. This was followed by Fauci’s reply, who in turn thanked him for the “kind note”.
Who is Peter Daszak? – Daszak – as the newspaper writes The truth – holds the role of president of EcoHealth Alliance: a non-profit agency based in New York, which has links with China and the city of Wuhan. The same organization would have received 3.7 million dollars from National institutes of health (ed, agency of the American Department of Health, of which the National Institute of allergy and infectious diseases headed by Fauci is part) between 2014 and 2020. Of these funds, at least 600 thousand dollars – according to the Washington Examiner – would have been sent by the non-profit to the Wuhan institute of virology.
Daszak is among the main figures who are most committed to countering the hypothesis of the origin of the virus in the laboratory. He was among the signatories of the communiqué drafted by a group of experts and published by Lancet in February 2020 which declared the “firm condemnation of conspiracy theories that suggest that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin”.
In the text the authors referred to a letter from the leaders of the National academies of sciences, engineering, and medicine in whose notes the name of Daszak appeared among those of the consultants.
Also Daszak in June 2020 published an article on Guardian in which he rejected the thesis of the virus out of the laboratory, his name also appears among the members of the team ofWHO who investigated the origins of Covid and defined the hypothesis of the Wuhan laboratory as “extremely unlikely”.