The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.
Family members of four people who died from Covid-19 are suing the New York-based non-profit EcoHealth Alliance and its president, Peter Daszak, for funding and collaborating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China.
Since 2020, there have been allegations that the Chinese biohazard research facility is responsible for a lab leak that released a mutated SARS-CoV-2 virus, which caused the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The families of Mary Connor, Emma D. Holley, Larry Carr, and Raul Osuna allege that EcoHealth funded, researched and created the genetically engineered virus in the Chinese laboratory and either intentionally or accidently released it.
Making a Deadly Virus More Deadly
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), formerly led by Francis Collins, MD and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), which was led Anthony Fauci, MD until he retired in December 2022, reportedly provided millions of dollars to EcoHealth.
In turn, EcoHealth funneled the U.S. taxpayer funds from NIH to the Wuhan biohazard lab. Researchers performing gain of function research argue that it is necessary because scientists need to increase knowledge about how viruses, especially animal viruses, become more deadly in order to prepare for the eventuality that a virus naturally mutates and infect humans one day.
Plaintiffs Allege EcoHealth Knew Research Posed a Danger to the Public
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that Daszak understood the dangers of the research being conducted at WIV and knew the virus was “capable of causing a worldwide pandemic in the human population.” They allege that the deadly bioengineered virus did escape the lab and caused a worldwide pandemic that ultimately infected, seriously injured and killed the plaintiff’s family members.
Plaintiffs further allege that EcoHealth breached their duty to ensure that the dangerous research it was funding was conducted in a responsible manner that would not create an unreasonable risk of harm to the public.
The complaint reads:
The defendants knew or should have known that the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of others engaging in the coronavirus research funded by the defendants, including that of Dr. Shi Zheng-Li and other scientists at the WIV laboratories who intended to genetically modify coronaviruses to enhance their virulence, transmissibility and lethality for human beings, created an unreasonable risk of harm to others.
The defendants are accused of ignoring multiple warnings about safety breaches at WIV, not conducting adequate risk assessments, not monitoring scientists working in the lab and not administering timely and accurate reports to the U.S. government. The NIH admitted that despite the almost eight-million-dollar grant it received from the government, EcoHealth failed to comply with numerous aspects of their funding agreement.
EcoHealth President Accused of Attempting to Discredit the Lab Leak Theory
There is reason to believe that Daszak may have played a role in the early dismissal of the lab leak theory by the media and government. Until June 2021, Daszak was part of the United Nations-backed commission investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Earlier in the pandemic, Daszek had a hand in the preparation of a statement signed by 27 scientists (six of which were found to have direct ties to EcoHealth) and published in the Lancet condemning the idea that the pandemic may not have had a natural origin and calling any speculation that the virus leaked from a lab a “conspiracy theory.”
Daszak, facing allegations of conflict of interest, was subsequently recused from the U.N. backed investigation commission.
Eco Health is Back to Work With New HIH Funding
Despite a January 2023 Inspector General audit report showing that the NIH and EcoHealth failed to follow oversight and monitor procedures at the WIV, EcoHealth was recently awarded a four-year grant of $576,000 per year by the NIH to resume bat coronavirus research which had been suspended under the Trump administration.
EcoHealth revealed that their research will no longer include collecting new bat samples nor will they work with live viruses. The WIV will contribute in excess of 300 genome sequences, in whole or in part, of SARS-related bat coronona viruses for this research.
Daszak said of the new award, “Now we have the ability to finally get back to work.
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