Fauci-funded scientist: ‘Chinese colleagues’ created ‘killer’ coronavirus

In a speech covered by C-SPAN five years ago, the scientist who collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on research funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease boasted his “colleagues in China” were creating a “killer” coronavirus.

Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization team that investigated the origins of COVID-19, made the admission at a 2016 forum in a clip unearthed by the National Pulse.

The admission, at an event discussing “emerging infectious diseases and the next pandemic,” conflicts with Fauci’s repeated insistence that the U.S. government never funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.

Until March 2021, when the issue was brought up by lawmakers such as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the Wuhan lab listed the National Institutes of Health as one of its “partners.”

In gain-of-function research, virologists enhance the lethality and transmissibility of viruses that pose the threat of jumping from animals to humans so they can prepare treatments and vaccines in advance. The The NIH under President Obama imposed a moritorium on the research because of the security risks in 2014. But NIH kept funding it through third parties, particularly Daszak’s non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.

In his remarks to the panel in 2016, Daszak describes the Wuhan lab’s work of “insert[ing] spike proteins” into viruses to see if they can “bind to human cells.”

“Then when you get a sequence of a virus, and it looks like a relative of a known nasty pathogen, just like we did with SARS,” he said.

Daszak said “a whole host” of other coronaviruses were discovered in bats that “looked very similar to SARS.”

“So we sequenced the spike protein: the protein that attaches to cells. Then we — well I didn’t do this work, but my colleagues in China did the work — create pseudo particles, you insert the spike proteins from those viruses, see if they bind to human cells.”

“At each step of this you move closer and closer to this virus could really become pathogenic in people,” he said.

“You end up with a small number of viruses that really do look like killers.”

Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance was one of the primary recipients of NIAID funding that then was funneled to the Wuhan lab.

Daszak and Shi Zhengli, the director of the Wuhan lab’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, are listed as co-authors of more than a dozen research papers that were produced through a $3.7 million NIAID grant.

Shi, known for her research on bat coronaviruses, has included the Fauci-backed grants on her resume.

See Daszak’s remarks at the 2016 event:

Daszak behind paper deriding ‘conspiracy theory’

Daszak was behind a February 2020 letter that condemned “conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.” Signed by a group of virologists and others, it became part of the media narrative after it was published in the eminent British science journal The Lancet.

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