Since the center ended all cooperation and destroyed samples from bats and wild animals starting in March 2022, samples dating back 11 to 12 years, and on April 7, 2022, samples dating back to the year 2000 were destroyed, causing the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine who is the director of Chulalongkorn Hospital, ordered the appointment of a committee to investigate Professor Dr. Teerawat Hemajutha, alleging that “Failure to operate with strictness, resulting in administrative risks and damage both at the national level and the emerging disease surveillance network.” An investigation will be scheduled for November 1, 2023.
Details of the sequence of events and evidence are shown below.
1-Article in the Washington Post by an investigative reporter. (Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist) Mr. David Willman on April 10, 2023, is a collection of information from many agencies. many countries, including from the Health Science Center for Emerging Diseases There will be interviews with all center personnel over three days starting at the end of 2022, and the information will be verified after that. Documents via email and WhatsApp and the center describe the center’s position of ending all cooperation with foreign organizations. and stop collecting samples from wild animals and bats.
and it is considered that finding infection in people and animals with symptoms is the most important thing. Rather than finding an unknown virus to predict whether it will enter humans or not.
Including the highest risk of bringing germs from animals to humans. in various steps Since going to the area to collect samples sample transport and laboratory practices Including the possibility of getting the virus despite incomplete personal protective equipment and in the past. Both the center’s laboratory and the wildlife agency’s staff have been bitten by bats.
All information and evidence is checked by the editorial board of the Washington newspaper.
2-Before publication, David had already contacted the administrators of the Faculty of Medicine. Regarding the opinion of investigating viruses in wild animals and bats, such studies are considered high-risk research and are known around the world.
3-Important issues in terminating such work It happened during a Zoom meeting with the organization president.
EcoHealth alliance (Peter Daszak) on June 6, 2019. The organization is seeking funding from the NIH NIAID of the United States. The meeting included doctors and scientists from the Center. Also attending the meeting
They want the center to be responsible for establishing the EID Search (SE Asia research collaboration hub) as NIAID’s Southeast Asia hub, called CREID (center for Research in EID), with Lin fa Wang of Singapore and Shengli Shi of the institute. The Wuhan virus is also included. From subsequent contact on 18 August and 16 October 2020
4-As a result of the meeting on that day, the center clearly confirmed that samples already stored must not be exported outside the country.
The project document clearly states that samples from sources in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Sarawak will be used for development both in vitro and in animals. including genetic editing In order to enter human cells and animals that have modified virus receptors to be human, with reference to the success of combining viruses in the corona chimera family until they have the ability to enter human cells and laboratory animals until they can cause disease. It was done at both the US Institute in Singapore and the Wuhan Virus Institute.
This project focuses on viruses belonging to the Filovirus dengue family of coronaviruses. Ebola and Mabuk and paramyxovirus, as well as the Nipah Hendra virus that will be genetically modified.
This is the main reason we do not cooperate.
5-And the center did not accept Singapore’s offer to have the center’s scientists continue their doctorate by bringing viruses from the bat corona family with them to study genetic editing to make humans better.
6-This project from the meeting, Eco Health Alliance, is not interested in finding human diseases. This will be a small pilot project with questionnaires and lymph testing in humans only in the area. The center has not confirmed that knowledge and technology from the project will be transferred at the meeting on August 19. 2020…
In conclusion, the center completely stopped the project to find viruses from wild animals and bats.
Additionally, in April 2022, the center was contacted by senior officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and Los Alamos about whether to pursue wildlife work. which we have clearly confirmed that we do not participate and regard human disease as the most important point which will save human lives and that by being diagnosed as soon as possible it can be considered whether there is a new disease emerging in humans or not. no This will lead to effective control of the outbreak. As for finding the source of disease nests It is considered the next level to know the disease vector.
Together with the above explanation, we have shown that Decades of collecting viruses from wildlife have produced no predictions about which viruses will cause epidemics, although ongoing projects have discovered more than 1,000 unidentified viruses. type
7-The entire center has clearly announced its position to international organizations, including CDC, USAID, GOARN, and the US Thai CDC collaboration. He also expressed his position in the GOARN survey on November 8, 2021 (a survey for 2021-2023) about the need to change the thought process and practice (paradigm shift) in emerging diseases. and methods for conserving capital to achieve maximum benefit to the people By ending the search for viruses from wild animals and bats, which is not cost-effective and can be highly dangerous. and the World Health Organization Geneva Zoom meeting on December 8, 2021.
Joint meeting of the World Health Organization and the World Animal Health Organization In Paris in December 2022 regarding zoonotic viruses, Dr. Teerawat was invited to give a lecture. It also expressed the Center’s position on ending the search for unidentified viruses in animals…
National Security Council meetings to which the Center is invited by the Secretary-General of the Security Council in March 2023 in dealing with emerging diseases The center also described its reasons for stopping the search for unidentified viruses from wild animals and bats.
The center was invited to speak at a meeting on March 23, 2023, organized by the Department of Disease Control, and highlighted the dangers of contracting viruses from wild animals, especially bats, by searching for unidentified viruses.