A Kentucky Republican accused the president’s chief medical adviser of making false statements about taxpayer money used to genetically modify the deadly disease, and make it even more fatal.
In an intense debate during a July 20 Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul claimed Anthony Fauci did nothing to stop federal funds from being spent on gain-of-function research in Mainland China.
The adviser allegedly knew the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was giving away U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The lab is accused of modifying SARS-related coronaviruses into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, which has since spread worldwide.
Fauci is listed as a director at the bottom of 2017 WIV report entitled “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus.” WIV virologist Zheng-Li Sheng thanks the NIH for giving funds in the same report.
“In this paper, she took two bat coronavirus genes, spiked genes, and combined them with a SARS-related backbone to create new viruses that are not found in nature,” Paul said in a video shared on Twitter.
The senator, who is a qualified physician, believes the report strongly suggests the CCP Virus was created in a WIV lab.
“These lab-created viruses within [are] shown to replicate in humans,” he can be heard saying. “These experiments combine genetic information … to create novel artificial viruses able to infect human cells. Viruses that in nature, only infect animals [that] were manipulated in the Wuhan lab to gain the function of infecting humans.”
Paul revealed the chief medical adviser previously planned to pause research funding sometime between 2014 and 2017 due to the level of danger involved. He believes Fauci knew WIV was violated its agreement, and lied to cover it up.
“Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11 where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” he said.
Fauci fired back that he “never lied” at U.S. Congress and refused to withdraw his earlier statement.
“This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function–let me finish!” he said after the senator tried to interrupt him.
“You take an animal virus and you increase this transmissibility to humans, you are saying that is not gain of function?” the Republican said.
Fauci then tried to dismiss Paul’s many years of experience as a healthcare professional.
“Yeah that is correct, and Sen. Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly,” the Democrat said. “I want to say that officially: you do not know what you are talking about.”
The senator refused to give up and pointed out the definition Fauci’s coworkers provided indicated gain-of-function research aims to increase the “transmissibility among animals.”
“They took animal viruses that only occur in animals and they increase their transmissibility to humans,” he said. “How you can say that is not gain of function?”
The best rebuttal Fauci could manage was the senator was trying to avoid blame for millions of people who died from the CCP Virus worldwide.
“It is a dance, and you are dancing around this, because you are trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic,” he said.
The doctor also claimed gain-of-function research was “molecularly impossible” to match with the CCP Virus. He then accused the senator of making false statements.
“You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual[s],” he said. “I totally resent that and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.”
The pair have debated this issue since at least May 11, when the doctor testified that his office did not fund what it defines as gain-of-function research.
WATCH: Dr. Fauci Caught Lying About NIH Funding in Wuhan https://t.co/GC2vwunrlk— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 20, 2021