Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went to town on Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday during a Tuesday hearing in front of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.
- Tyler Durden
Paul alleged that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had used a middle-man to funnel money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology via EcoHealth Alliance – which worked with the lab on bat coronavirus projects.
Paul specifically referenced so-called “gain-of-function” research which in this case has been focused on how to make animal viruses more transmissible to humans – specifically bat coronaviruses.
“Government scientists like yourself who favor gain of function research,” Paul began…
…only to have Fauci interject “I don’t favor gain of function research in China,” adding “You are saying things that are not correct.”
Paul pushed back – continuing:
“[Those who favor gain of function] say that COVID-19 mutations were random and not designed by man.”
“I do not have any accounting of what the Chinese may have done,” Fauci shot back, adding that he’s in favor of further investigation, but that the NIH had nothing to do with the origins of COVID-19.
“We have not funded gain of function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he added.
“No matter how many times you say it, it didn’t happen.”
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