Calls grow for Peter Daszak to be removed as president of the EcoHealth Alliance

In the wake of reporting about Peter Daszak and his involvement with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and his removal from the The Lancet's COVID-19 Commission, a further call has been made to remove him of his role of President of EcoHealth Alliance. 

In a letter sent to the EcoHealth Alliance board, as well as DHS, NIH, and NIAID, a group of ten scientists have raised their concerns about Peter Daszak, and him remaining as president of the organisation. 

The letter, available to download here, states that "Daszak has now been proven to have concealed several extreme situations of conflict of interest, withheld critical information and misled public opinion by expressingfalsehoods." 

The group also express concern that "Dr. Daszak’s behaviour has already caused enormous damage to public trust in science and scientists, and will likely resonate for many years, in the US and beyond. Despite this turmoil, EcoHealth Alliance still represents a valuable scientific missionand a key message for our present and future generations. However we have reached theunavoidable conclusion that this mission will be greatly compromised if there is anyfurther involvement of Dr. Daszak with EcoHealth Alliance."

The news of this broke over the weekend, so there has been no futher comment as yet from those the letter was addressed to. We will keep our eyes peeled for furhter info and update when we can. 

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