A non-profit that gave taxpayer money for a Chinese state-run organization to study viruses, applauded the president’s chief medical adviser for ruling out the pandemic was lab-made.
EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) grant recipients at the Wuhan Institute of Virology greatly appreciated Anthony Fauci’s statement that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus was a natural phenomenon and not a lab experiment that went wrong early in the pandemic.
According to the Washington Examiner, this was the institute’s position based on more than 3,230 pages of emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
“I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 (CCP Virus) from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” EHA President Peter Daszak said in an email dated April 18, 2020, on page 1,150.
Daszak described the clinician as an American hero whose pro-Beijing views are deeply respected at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins,” he said.
In fact, the institute was so pleased with Fauci’s job of influencing the Joe Biden administration that it offered to reward him with special treatment after the CCP Virus pandemic ends.
“Once this pandemic’s over I look forward thanking you in-person and let you know how important your comments are to us all,” Daszak said.
Fauci was only too happy to hear the CCP was pleased with his work.
“Peter: many thanks for your kind note,” he responded in an email dated April 19, 2020 on page 1,150.
The remarks came years after EcoHealth Alliance sourced $3.4 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, and provided the institute with the money to study bat coronaviruses between 2014 and 2019.
Fauci previously claimed he saw scientific evidence that proves the CCP Virus was absolutely the result of an animal virus transmitted to humans.
“There was a study recently … where a group of highly qualified evolutionary virologists looked at the sequences there, and the sequences in bats as they evolve,” he said in an earlier statement. “The mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human.”
The self-confessed Democratic Party supporter later clarified it was “highly likely” the CCP Virus occurred naturally, before he finally admitted he was “not convinced” the virus came from an animal according to the National Review.
EHA has been highly critical of mainstream media coverage that positively reflected on the previous Donald Trump administration.
In another email to Fauci, Daszak blamed Fox News for targeting his CCP Virus study. He claimed the reporter had asked then-President Trump about an infected lab intern allegedly spreading the virus after returning home.
Although the former president did not answer the question directly, they were the first high-profile comments about EHA’s operations at the Wuhan lab.
Daszak was recently questioned for attempting to influence public opinion away from a theoretical lab leak. The main point of contention was a letter he allegedly orchestrated with multiple scientists to reject the possibility of a lab accident.
Although his argument was based on insufficient evidence to prove the lab-leak theory, he failed to disclose there was a conflict of interest before signing the letter. This ultimately backfired and resulted in more unwanted media coverage about a potential lab-leak scenario.