Scientist Behind US Funding To Wuhan Lab Agrees To Testify Before House Investigators

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Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance, the nonprofit organization that funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology, will testify in November before House investigators, a newly released letter confirms.

The House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic wrote a letter to Daszak Friday confirming his testimony is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2023 and requesting documents ahead of his interview before the subcommittee. (RELATED: CIA Gave Financial Rewards To Six Analysts Who Covered Up Lab Leak Investigation, Whistleblower Alleges)

“On September 14, 2023, the Committees sent you a letter requesting your testimony at a voluntary transcribed interview on November 14, 2023. On September 19, 2023, you confirmed your availability. The Committees appreciate your willingness to testify voluntarily,” the letter begins.

“In anticipation of the interview, we renew our requests for certain responsive documents and communications. This letter consolidates our previous requests regarding the origins of COVID-19 and, as a further accommodation, tables some requests, adds significant topic specificity, scopes down the time frame of our previous requests, and prioritizes the requests most important to the Committees,” the letter reads.

The subcommittee is demanding Daszak comply with its request for calendars, phone records, documents and communications with federal entities, documents and communications with the Wuhan lab, and additional documents and communications related to coronavirus research.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded EcoHealth in May with a $576,000 per year grant until 2027, the NIH website states. EcoHealth has 14 active taxpayer funded grants totaling roughly $50 million including a $3 million grant from the Department of Defense to combat pandemic threats. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suspended funding to the Wuhan lab in July.

EcoHealth Alliance distributed $600,000 of taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan lab from 2014-19 to conduct gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses. The Wuhan lab is central to the lab leak theory of the coronavirus’ origins that was covered up by former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci at the start of the covid-19 pandemic.

Assessments from the FBI and Department of Energy have determined the coronavirus pandemic most likely originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.