The remarkable similarities between a recently leaked 2018 proposal from EcoHealth Alliance head Peter Dazak and the defining characteristics of COVID-19 raise new questions regarding the origins of the pandemic.

Daszak’s proposal details how he and his collaborators from the Wuhan Institute of Virology planned to genetically engineer a “human-specific” furin cleavage site into coronaviruses. A furin cleavage site is the defining feature of the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan in 2019.

The proposal also detailed the creation of entirely new consensus virus backbones which would have no clear ancestor in nature. The lack of ancestral lineage is a notable feature of COVID-19.

Daszak further proposed to create a novel nanoparticle coronavirus vaccine. At the same time, the Wuhan Institute of Virology had developed a remarkably similar vaccine utilizing what appears to be the same technology.

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