I ran across a reference to your fried Daszak just today. He's been busy!
He's referenced in this NPR story titled Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident. The story itself is entirely hearsay and fluff, with comments along the lines of, Well they're super careful in those labs so it couldn't have happened. And since everyone is super careful, and they interviewed experts, including Daszak, well, case closed.
But here's something that for me is more sinister and disturbing. I came across the above story via a link in this story: Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories. This is a type of embedded straw man on steroids. Essentially, they are equating the suspicion that COVID originated from a lab with QAnon set of beliefs. Most rational people would look at some of the core QAnon beliefs and judge them as, well, out there. (i.e., an evil cult of pedophiles is running the planet. These are the people who really believe that Hillary and her gang ran a kiddy porn ring out of a pizza joint.)
Look at how this story is crafted. It couldn't be any more manipulative:
Title: Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories
(These are the first two paragraphs word for word. The title emphasizes QAnon, while the first sentence emphasizes the origins of COVID)
A significant number of Americans believe misinformation about the origins of the coronavirus and the recent presidential election, as well as conspiracy theories like QAnon, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.
Forty percent of respondents said they believe the coronavirus was made in a lab in China even though there is no evidence for this. Scientists say the virus was transmitted to humans from another species.
This is pretty blatant manipulation IMO. If you visit those links, be sure to listen to the audio.