Virologist at center of gain-of-function controversy seen cavorting with 2.5M bats in new video

The virologist famous for funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, then doing his bully best to convince the world COVID-19 was not leaked from the very same lab, is playing with bats again.

Dr. Peter Daszak, in a move so tone-deaf it beggars belief, proudly posted to Twitter bat-guano-crazy videos, including one which features him standing in the bowels of the Ratchaburi Cave in Thailand, surrounded by 2.5 million of the virus-harboring critters.

“In the heart of the bat cave – deafening noise as the bats swirl around,” Daszak tweeted. “It’s the sheer beauty of nature & at the same time it seems like the ‘reactor core’ of the colony given what we know about viral emergence. Ratchaburi Cave 2.5 million bats.”

It isn’t exactly the image Americans, still grieving over the 1.08 million lives lost to the pandemic, want to see, especially given Daszak’s role in the global disaster.

As BizPac Review reported in June 2021, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Daszak were thrust into the spotlight after thousands of emails, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, were released by Buzzfeed and The Washington Post.

EcoHealth Alliance received $3.4 million in grants from the NIH and then funneled that money to the Wuhan lab.

In one of the emails, Daszak thanked Fauci for pushing the “natural origin” theory — one that is now largely seen as “fake news” — of the pandemic’s origins.

“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,” he wrote Fauci in April 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.”

Despite the fact that the lab-leak theory is now widely accepted and EcoHealth’s role in the gain-of-function research that allowed it to occur, in October, Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the NIH, handed EcoHealth Alliance a new five-year, $3 million bat virus grant.

“Giving taxpayer money to EcoHealth to study pandemic prevention is like paying a suspected arsonist to conduct fire safety inspections.’ Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told

And now we know what he is doing with at least part of that money.

He’s watching bats eat bananas.

In another video, a researcher clad in full protective gear is seen releasing one of the bats back into what looks like a populated area to fly “with their friends.”

Had literally anyone else on the planet posted these videos, people would probably have reacted with praise for the cute little guy and his banana and perhaps even interest in the research being conducted.

But it’s Daszak, and on Twitter, people are not amused.

“Oh, look, his out again trying to find a new Pandemic to cover up when it Leaks from his Funded lab!” exclaimed one user. “I wonder if his mate Fauci was with him?”

“This is Faucis partner. This is the guy who helped create Covid and here he is still being allowed to do GOF with bat viruses with NIH grants,” tweeted another. “You literally cannot make this sh*t up.”

“Should have went further in the viral reactor core,” suggested a third. “Science requires it.”

“Yes, go find another virus and modify it to be more deadly in a third world biolab run by a totalitarian government that covers up when it leaks,” wrote yet another angry user. “Good work!”


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