"In the heart of the bat cave, deafening noise as the bats swirl around. It's the sheer beauty of nature and, at the same time, it seems like the 'reactor core' of the colony given what we know about viral emergence," Daszak's Dec. 10 tweet stated. According to the EHA president, Ratchaburi cave is home to 2.5 million bats.
The England-born Daszak, who now lives in upstate New York, shared multiple snaps of the bats. He even uploaded a video of one bat being hand-fed by a researcher that accompanied him.
Daszak landed in hot water after EHA provided funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology's (WIV) gain-of-function research. This funding actually came from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was subcontracted to Daszak's group. The grant money provided by the NIH that coursed through EHA enabled the work of Dr. Shi Zhengli – the so-called "Bat Woman" of Wuhan – on bat coronaviruses.
According to Shi, "no evidence" supporting the lab leak theory exists. (Related: Virus expert at Wuhan lab denies COVID-19 lab leak theory.)
"How on Earth can I offer up evidence for something when there is no evidence? I don't know how the world has come to this, constantly pouring filth on an innocent scientist," Shi wrote in a text message.
Daszak's insistence that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from bats instead of the WIV appear to be backed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, the EHA president thanked Fauci for lending his "trusted voice" in denouncing the lab-leak theory.
"I just wanted to say a personal thank you … for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release," stated Daszak's April 18, 2020 email to Fauci. The EHA president added that the NIAID director's comments and "trusted voice" would contribute to debunking "myths being spun around the virus's origins."
"Many thanks for your kind note," Fauci replied a day after.
Daszak later became a member of the World Health Organization's (WHO) fact-finding mission in Wuhan – despite his conflict of interest having funded the WIV labs from 2014 to 2019. He and his colleagues in the WHO's fact-finding mission discovered a so-called "1,000-mile pathway" the virus took from southern China to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan.
"What we found … is that there is a pathway. [The] virus got from a bat into one of those wildlife farms, and then the animals were shipped into the market," he said. Daszak added that the infected animals subsequently passed on the pathogen to humans when the latter prepared the animals for food.
The EHA president also named possible animal candidates.
"Civets, these are like ferrets. There's also an animal called a ferret badger. Rabbits, which we know can carry the virus. Those animals were coming into the market from farms over 1,000 miles away."
Incidentally, he did not mention anything about the links between bats they manipulated at the WIV, which he bankrolled, and COVID-19.
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