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Jeffrey Sachs' Flip on Covid Origins, My 2020 Letter to Him

His concrete actions actually demand more scrutiny. The first, obvious question, which I put to him in 2020: “How can you justify having Daszak in this role?”

The Nobel Prize winning economist Jeffrey Sachs is now saying that he thinks the pandemic had lab origin. This raises a number of serious questions to Sachs. In 2020, he, as chair of the Lancet Commission on Covid, he named Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, to head the Lancet committee on pandemic origins.

This was a remarkable because EcoHealth Alliance had funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology. A brazen conflict of interest. Also, of course, Daszak had signed and organized the Lancet letter of February 2020 dismissing the possibility of lab origin as a “conspiracy theory”. He was also on the WHO Committee on lab origins. And, he claimed he had no conflicts of interest. It was beyond parody.

So, I sent a letter, below, on Sept. 18, 2020 to Sachs after he named Daszak as I was working on a piece which would be published by Independent Science News in December 2020.