Global Virome Project

The Global Virome Project (GVP) is an American-led international collaborative research initiative based in Davis, California.

History

On February 23, 2018, authors Dennis Carroll, Peter Daszak, Nathan Wolfe, eorge Gao, Carlos Morel, Subhash Morzaria, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Oyewale Tomoriand and Jonna Mazet published an article in Science announcing their intention to form the Global Virome Project. Its stated purpose was to help identify impending viral threats before they emerge and “provide timely data for public health interventions against future pandemics.”1)

Organization

Leadership

Global Virome Project - Board of Directors4)
Name Affiliation(s)
Dennis Caroll (chair) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pandemic Influenza and other Emerging Threats Unit; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); U.S. President's Malaria Initiative; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory5)
Peter Daszak (secretary & treasurer) EcoHealth Alliance; National Academy of Medicine; World Health Organization; Wuhan Institute of Virology; USAID PREDICT; EcoHealth (journal); Forum on Microbial Threats; National Research Council (NRC) Advisory Committee to the United States Global Change Research Program; One Health Platform; One Health Commission; Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases; Cosmos Club; Bridge Collaborative; Institute of Medicine; Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre; White House National Security Staff6)
Jonna Mazett University of California Davis; One Health Institute; USAID's One Health Workforce - Next Generation; PREDICT; National Academy of Medicine; UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Forum on Microbial Threats; One Health Action Collaborative; Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats7)
Oyewale Tomori Nigerian Academy of Science; National Academy of Medicine; Biovaccines Nigeria; Scowcroft Institute; Texas A&M University; Redeemer's University; African Regional Polio Laboratory Network; Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization; Gavi; Global Health Risk Framework Commission; World Bank8)
Edward Rubin Metabiota; Science Corps; United States Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI); Human Genome Project; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; American Society of Clinical Investigation9)
Jennifer Gardy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; British Columbia Centre for Disease Control; University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

Pandemic Profiteering

New documents point to possible misuse of government resources by Dennis Carroll, a former federal official who ran the pandemic response program at United States Agency for International Development (USAID). While at USAID, Dennis Carroll oversaw a federal program called PREDICT, from which funds were used to launch another organization called the Global Virome Project. After leaving USAID, Carroll then became chair of the Global Virome Project’s board.

“It would appear that Dennis Carrol violated federal law that prohibits the use of official resources for private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally,” Craig Holman of Public Citizen said when shown emails made public by the nonprofit US Right to Know. “Official resources—including government means of communications, government-funded travel or even the use of one’s official title—may not be used to promote private interests, such as the Global Virome Project.”

While still in government service, Carroll oversaw USAID’s PREDICT, a project to detect and discover viruses with pandemic potential. Contractors funded through PREDICT have included scientist Jonna Mazet at the University of California, Davis; the research firm Metabiota; and scientists at EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit operated by Peter Daszak.10)

More fraud details and FOIA release for Dennis Carrol's PREDICT/ Global Virome Project 11)

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Carroll, D., Daszak, P., Wolfe, N. D., Gao, G. F., Morel, C. M., Morzaria, S., Pablos-Méndez, A., Tomori, O., & Mazet, J. A. K. (2018). The Global Virome Project. Science, 359(6378), 872–874. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aap7463
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Contact. Global Virome Project. Retrieved August 22, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20220822180953/https://www.globalviromeproject.org/contact
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Vernimmen, T. (2020). Infectious disease: Making — and breaking — the animal connection. Knowable Magazine. https://doi.org/10.1146/knowable-041620-1
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Leadership Team. Global Virome Project. Retrieved April 10, 2020, from https://web.archive.org/web/20200410194622/https://www.globalviromeproject.org/leadership-team
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