In September of 2019 the Wuhan Institute of Virology deleted a public database with information related to 16,000 virus samples, a US scientist convinced The World Health Organization(WHO) that the data was irrelevant.
The WHO team had one American member named Dr. Peter Daszak who is the President of EcoHelth Alliance. Dr. Daszak personally vouched for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and claimed the deleted data was not relevant to the pandemic’s origin.
From The Daily Caller:
“We did not ask to see the data,” Daszak said during a panel discussion organized by Chatham House. “A lot of this work is work that has been conducted with EcoHealth Alliance. I’m also part of those data and we do basically know what’s in those databases … I got to talk with both sides about the work we’ve done with Wuhan Institute of Virology and explained what’s there.”
“There is no evidence of viruses closer to SARS-CoV-2 than RaTG13 in those databases,” Daszak said, referring to a bat coronavirus studied by the WIV prior to the pandemic that is 96.2% similar to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Earlier in the discussion, Daszak said his work is guided by the scientific process, which, according to Dazsak, “involves looking at data, analyzing it, coming to conclusions about what it means and publishing it and making it public.”
Daszak said it was “absolutely reasonable” that the WIV took the databases down because he said he was told by his longtime colleague and the WIV’s lead Chinese researcher, Shi Zhengli, that there were “hacking attempts on it. About 3,000 hacking attempts.”
Intelligence officials are suspicious of the fact that the Wuhan Institute of Virology won’t let any outside examination of the now deleted database occur. Several US-based epidemiologists have come out and called out the obvious conflict of interest for Dr. Daszak.