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The scientist who led opposition to the claim that Covid leaked from a Wuhan lab is engulfed in controversy after it was revealed his charity had funded the institute at the centre of the row

On January 18, Peter Daszak, born and raised in the mill and mining town of Dukinfield, near Manchester, awoke to a winter’s dawn in central China, 5,500 miles away. “Sunrise in Wuhan — my early morning view on day 4 of quarantine — beautiful,” he tweeted, with a photograph of skyscrapers against a hazy orange sky.His presence there in a delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on a mission of global significance showed a remarkable rise for the 55-year-old parasitologist with a PhD from the University of East London.


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