Over the past several weeks as we have been writing about the unfolding lab-leak-theory story at RedState, one person always seemed to be acting as puppetmaster in defending the Wuhan Institute of Virology against claims that the virus may have been a lab release: Dr. Peter Daszak.
At first, Daszak seemed a tangential connection to this whole story but as time has gone on, It has become clearer that Daszak is the story.
Peter Daszak is a British citizen having earned his Bachelor’s in Zoology from Bangor University in Bangor, Wales in 1987 and then later his Ph.D. in Parasitic and Infectious Diseases from the University of East London in 1994. Daszak’s Wikipedia page describes how he later came to the United States and was linked to several organizations here:
In the late 1990s Daszak moved to the United States and was affiliated with the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia and the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, Georgia. Later he became executive director at a collaborative think-tank in New York City, the Consortium for Conservation Medicine. He has adjunct positions at two universities the U.K. and three universities in the U.S., including the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
After joining The Wildlife Trust in the early 2000s, Daszak began studies of emerging viral threats through the lens of “conservation medicine,” which studies the balance between the health of nature and animals and their direct relationship the human health. Daszak soon found himself as one of the foremost voices in the discussion on potential viral outbreaks and the potential of future pandemics. When The Wildlife Trust rebranded itself as EcoHealth Alliance, Daszak rose to the ranks of President of the organization, at which time he began soliciting grants to begin studying varying viral threats to humans.
Daszak’s work initially started as an admirable pursuit: He was seeking to identify viral threats so that global scientists could develop treatments and vaccines for those viral pathogens in the event there was the outbreak of a global pandemic. For a long time, Daszak’s focus was on the investigation of naturally occurring viruses, providing
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