Peter Daszak, previously funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, now thanks Dr. Anthony Fauci for pushing back on the lab leak theory, in an April 2020 email.
Daszak funneled $3.4 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to the WIV to study bat coronaviruses 2014-2019.
I just wanted to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin for COVID-19 from a bat-to-human spillover, not a lab release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology,
Daszak wrote to Fauci on April 18, 2020.
From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’s origins,
Daszak added. Fauci responded to Daszak’s email on April 19, writing
Many thanks for your kind note.