"By sort of narrow-mindedly focusing in on ourselves, or on labs, or on certain cultural politics, we miss the real enemy."
Emerging disease researcher Dr. Peter Daszak says his research firm lost funding by the National Institute of Health due to his connection to China’s Wuhan Virology Lab.
- Dr. Peter Daszak has researched pandemics and coronaviruses. He is also the president of EcoHealth Alliance – a nonprofit that focuses on emerging diseases. He calls EcoHealth Alliance’s work the frontline against the next pandemic.
- EcoHealth Alliance previously received $3.7M in funding from the National Institute of Health.
- He says some of his work on coronaviruses were used to test the experimental drug remdesivir. Remdesivir was recently approved for use through emergency authorization in the U.S. It has been tested for years but not approved for use anywhere in the world.
- EcoHealth Alliance worked with Wuhan Institute of Virology for 15 years. Daszak says he recently gave $100,000 a year for collaborating efforts.
- EcoHealth Alliance says just recently the funding by the National Institute of Health was cut.
- The Trump administration points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as playing a role in the outbreak. No evidence has been provided for the virus emerging from the lab, though the administration said a report would be forthcoming.
- Why It Matters: Daszak and his collaborators say the politics surrounding the virus will stop important researches from conducting information sharing needed to combat the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Watch the 60 Minute Segment: WATCH HERE
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