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Scientist at Centre of Lab Leak Theory Debarred for Lying Over Gain of Function Research

Daszak was instrumental in the scamdemic.


Dr. Peter Daszak, one of those who was at the very core of the Covid-19 Scamdemic has reportedly had all funding suspended by the Department of Health and Human Services with immediate effect following his appearance at a Senate hearing last week.


Daszak's EcoHealth Alliance has reportedly been found to have broken federal grant protocols. Last week the US HHS formally commenced debarment proceedings against Daszak’s CIA-linked “non-profit research organisation” EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) from receiving taxpayer-funded government grants over its role in facilitating gain-of-function research in the Wuhan lab.


Daszak who had repeatedly boasted how easy it was to do gain-of-function research before 2020 suddenly had a memory laps afterwards, his story repeatedly changing about his involvement in the emergence of Covid-19.


The federal agency’s recent moves came just weeks after the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic uncovered evidence EHA “did not adequately monitor compliance” at the Wuhan facility.


Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) issued a statement about the decision to defund and suspend Daszak on Wednesday.


“EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak’s personal debarment will ensure he never again receives a single cent from U.S. taxpayers nor has the opportunity to start a new, untrustworthy organization. This step comes just two weeks after the Select Subcommittee released substantial evidence of Dr. Daszak’s contempt for the American people, his flagrant disregard for the risks associated with gain-of-function research, and his willful violation of the terms of his NIH grant. Last night, based partially on that evidence, HHS doubled down on its recent suspension of funds to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. by commencing debarment proceedings against the head of the organization.


Dr. Daszak’s impending debarment does not shield him from accountability to the American people. It appears that Dr. Daszak may have lied under oath about his relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and his compliance with NIH grant procedures. The Select Subcommittee intends to hold Dr. Daszak accountable for any dishonesty and reminds him that this debarment decision does not preclude him from producing all outstanding documents and answering all the questions of this Congressional body.


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a letter to Peter Daszak on Tuesday, less than a week after the agency took similar action against Daszak’s organisation, EcoHealth Alliance (EHA).  


In the letter, HHS said it was holding Daszak responsible for EcoHealth Alliance’s failure to adequately monitor the activities of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and then subsequently failing to report on the lab’s high-risk virus studies. 


“The alleged conduct of EHA is imputed to you, because during all or part of the time relevant, you participated in, knew of, or had reason to know of EHA’s improper conduct, through your role as the President of EHA” as well as project director and principal investigator, HHS wrote.


While bans generally last for about three years, “I may impose debarment for a longer period or shorter period as the circumstances warrant,” the agency said in the letter.

HHS cited information from 31 federal documents dating back to the National Institutes of Health’s initial 2014 grant to EcoHealth, leading up to the May 15 notice suspending and proposing debarment of Daszak’s organisation.


EcoHealth and Daszak have come under fire from Republicans and Democrats over the group’s work with the Wuhan lab, particularly regarding controversial “gain of function” research to enhance the ability of the virus to cause disease or make it more transmissible.

Earlier this month, House lawmakers questioned Daszak about EcoHealth’s record on biosafety and its relationship with the Wuhan lab, though Republicans did not produce any evidence linking the COVID-19 pandemic to EcoHealth’s research.


“EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak’s personal debarment will ensure he never again receives a single cent from U.S. taxpayers nor has the opportunity to start a new, untrustworthy organization,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), chair of the House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, said Wednesday.


“The Select Subcommittee intends to hold Dr. Daszak accountable for any dishonesty and reminds him that this debarment decision does not preclude him from producing all outstanding documents and answering all the questions from this Congressional body,” Wenstrup added.  


Daszak has denied the organisation ever funded or conducted gain of function research. But in the letter dated May 21, HHS said Daszak and EcoHealth failed to report to the National Institutes of Health that the WIV had produced a virus that was stronger than permissible thresholds, which was a violation of the terms of the grant.


HHS previously barred WIV from receiving federal grants, and in the letter to Daszak said it’s “undisputed” that the research conducted at the WIV “likely violated protocols of the [National Institutes of Health] regarding biosafety.”


According to the letter, Daszak was “ultimately responsible for ensuring both EHA’s and WIV’s compliance,” but he did not.


The National Institutes of Health said it is still waiting for materials it requested from EcoHealth in 2021 and 2022, and noted EcoHealth did not submit its 2019 annual report to federal officials for nearly two years.


“Given the issues regarding the management of EHA’s grant awards and subawards, and the nature of the virology research being conducted by EHA … I have determined that the immediate suspension of Dr. Daszak is necessary to protect the public interest,” a memo from a redacted HHS suspension and debarment official and the deputy assistant secretary for acquisitions said.


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