In the months before the pandemic, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including British zoologist Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, planned to release “enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations” in order to immunize them against the virus. Also seeking money from the United States are scientists working to "create chimeric viruses," which are viruses that have been "genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily."
In a report published by The Telegraph, it was alleged that the plans from the Chinese scientists were reported in grant proposals dating back to 2018, which a former United States official confirmed to be true.
“New documents show that just 18 months before the first Covid-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles containing ‘novel chimeric spike proteins’ of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China,” The Telegraph reported. “Papers, confirmed as genuine by a former member of the Trump administration, show they were hoping to introduce ‘human-specific cleavage sites’ to bat coronaviruses which would make it easier for the virus to enter human cells.”
Daszak was alleged to have filed the offer and requested $14 million for the research from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the United States.
In a statement, DARPA said, "It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk." DARPA declined to validate the research.
According to the findings, Daszak's team had failed to evaluate how dangerous the job was — and in particular, they had failed to consider the possible danger of distributing a vaccination via the air.
Daszak was behind a letter published in The Lancet that lead to putting an end to the rumors that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory. It should be noted that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is affiliated with nearly all of the scientists who signed the Lancet letter (WIV).
"There is clearly a gain in function," stated Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology at St George's University of London, who added that the effort involved "engineering the cleavage site and polishing the new viruses to enhance human cell infectibility in more than one cell line."
“For more than a year I tried repeatedly to ask questions of Peter Daszak with no response,” Viscount Ridley, a member of the House of Lords said. “Now it turns out he had authored this vital piece of information about virus work in Wuhan but refused to share it with the world. I am furious. So should the world be. Peter Daszak and the EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) proposed injecting deadly chimeric bat coronaviruses collected by the Wuhan Institute of Virology into humanized and ‘batified’ mice, and much, much more.”
According to a COVID-19 researcher from the World Health Organization, "the scary part" about what the scientists were trying to achieve was that they were "making infectious chimeric MERS viruses," according to The Telegraph.
“These viruses have a fatality rate over 30 percent, which is at least an order of magnitude more deadly than Sars-CoV-2,” the scientist, who wished to stay anonymous, told The Telegraph. “If one of their receptor replacements made MERS spread similarly while maintaining its lethality, this pandemic would be nearly apocalyptic.”