Key Figure in COVID Origin Mystery Set to Receive an Award for his Efforts

By: Clare Lopez | CCNS

A Sri Lankan virologist with strong connections to the questions surrounding the origins of the COVID-19 virus and the role of the Wuhan Institute of Virology is about to receive an award for his work. But the evidence shows that Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris should be investigated and required to answer questions about his role in the development and release of the virus that has wreaked so much havoc and death across the globe.

Peiris is a Sri Lankan virologist working at the University of Hong Kong. He is currently Professor and Chair in Virology at The University of Hong Kong; Honorary Consultant Microbiologist, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong; Co-Director, WHO (World Health Organization) H5 reference laboratory and SARS reference laboratory at Hong Kong University; and Co-Director of WHO reference laboratories, also at The University of Hong Kong. Peiris and Hong Kong University have also been close partners with the Institut Pasteur International Network since 1999.

Peiris is in Chicago, IL this fall for two happy occasions: he’s a new grandfather and also the recipient of the 2021 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. The Gairdner Award is for “significantly contributing to understanding the origins and options for control of newly emerging infectious disease outbreaks in Asia, notably zoonotic influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).” In fact, yes, Peiris has been deeply involved in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic matters thanks to decades of close relationships with the civilian-military partnership that defines the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s extensive biological weapons (BW) program. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) reported on the CCP-PLA (People’s Liberation Army) BW collaboration after meeting in July 2021 with the courageous Chinese defector, virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan. Her report and Rep. Brooks’ interview with her can be found at his Congressional website.

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