Top WHO Scientist Behind Report Questioning COVID Lab Leak Theory Axed Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct
WUHAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Experts from the WHO-China joint team Mi Feng, Liang Wannian, Peter Ben Embarek and Marion Koopmans attend the WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference on February 9, 2021 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China.
Photo by Zhang Chang/China News Service via Getty Images.

A Danish scientist who headed up the World Health Organization’s investigation into China over the origin of COVID has been fired over alleged sexual misconduct.

According to a new report from The Financial Times, Peter Ben Embarek was fired last year from the WHO after the organization said that they had found he was guilty of sexual misconduct following an investigation. Embarek was known for leading a WHO team investigation into the origins of COVID that declared the lab leak theory as “extremely unlikely.”

“Peter Ben Embarek was dismissed following findings of sexual misconduct against him and corresponding disciplinary process,” WHO spokeswoman Marcia Poole said. “The findings concern allegations relating to 2015 and 2017 that were first received by the WHO investigations team in 2018.”

Poole said that there were other “victim(s) [who] did not wish to engage with the investigation process.”

Embarek told Reuters that he was in the dark about allegations made against him, but said that a 2017 incident “was settled immediately in a friendly way.”

“I am not aware of any other complaints and no other complaints have ever been brought to my attention,” he added. “I duly contest the qualification of harassment and I am quite hopeful in the defense of my rights.”


While Embarek and the WHO’s report was skeptical of the lab leak theory, recent reports from both the Energy Department and the Senate gave credence to the possibility that COVID escaped out of a lab in China and was not a natural occurrence.

According to the report from a Senate health committee, the theory that COVID escaped from a lab, which was widely criticized at the beginning of the pandemic, had good evidence to support it.

“The preponderance of circumstantial evidence supports an unintentional research-related incident,” the report said.

“This report is a crucial development in getting to the bottom of COVID-19’s true origins and exposing the deception of those that sought to conceal how this pandemic started,” said Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall. “A preponderance of evidence in this report suggests there were two separate unintentional lab leaks dating back to fall of 2019 in Wuhan, China with significant evidence supporting that COVID-19 was a lab-created and altered virus.”

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