Media fact-checkers, Facebook cited Wuhan lab-linked scientist to knock down lab leak theory – Fox News

EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whose nonprofit has funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology for years, appeared in multiple media fact-checks and reports over the past year dispelling the notion the coronavirus accidentally emerged from the lab.

Dr. Daszak’s organization sent $3.4 million in National Institutes of Health grants to the Wuhan lab between 2014 and 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal, but his involvement with it didn’t prevent him from playing a key role in early media dismissals of the lab-leak idea.

The British scientist appeared in a Washington Post fact-check video published last May, where he discussed his work with the Wuhan Institute researching viruses in bats that could cause “the next pandemic.” The video outlined circumstantial evidence around the leak, such as its proximity to the outbreak, its work with coronaviruses, and its known security concerns, but still concluded it likely didn’t happen.

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After the narrator repeated the lab’s denial that
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