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A World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 investigator tried to hide his involvement in organizing a pro-China statement to condemn the “lab-leak theory” as a “conspiracy theory,” a newly revealed email shows.
Dr. Peter Daszak, a British-American zoologist on the WHO team investigating the origins of COVID-19 in China, helped rally scientists to sign a statement in Feb. 2020 that condemned “conspiracy theories” that the virus had originated in a Chinese lab. Daszak, who helped funnel U.S. government money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for years leading up to the pandemic, deliberately tried to conceal the extent of his involvement with the statement, according to a newly revealed email from investigative group U.S. Right To Know.
In the email, Daszak tells University of North Carolina (UNC) researcher Dr. Ralph Baric that they should not sign the statement condemning the lab-leak theory so that it seems more independent and credible. “You, me and him should not sign this statement, so it has some distance from us and therefore doesn’t work in a counterproductive way,” Daszak wrote.