Sen. Rand Paul claimed on Tuesday that scientists skeptical of White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci’s announcements about the coronavirus pandemic do not want to go public with their concerns for fear it would affect their funding.
Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told Fauci’s “LBL Primetime,” “He’s 40 years old, maybe 39 years is too long, but he controls all the funding, so people are mortally afraid of him.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.
“I get letters from scientists all the time. You can find them. They’re very distrustful of what he’s saying,” Paul said. “They don’t think he’s understanding. They don’t think he’s teaching science correctly, but they’re afraid to speak up because many of them are university scientists and they rely on the NIH [National Institutes of Health] wealth, and to exceed it means it is the last money you will ever get.”
Paul is among Fauci’s most fierce critics on Capitol Hill and the senator clashed again Tuesday with the Brooklyn-born virologist over whether the NIH funded the so-called “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. has done.
“Dr. Fauci, knowing that lying to Congress is a crime, would you like to withdraw your May 11 statement claiming that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research? did and move on? asked Paul.
“Senator Paul, I’ve never lied to Congress, and I don’t take that statement back,” Fauci replied.
Paul maintained that 2015 paper Known as “Bat Woman” for her work on the subject, researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Dr. Regarding bat coronaviruses, co-authored by Shi Zhengli, there is evidence that the NIH funded research into virus infections and virulence.
Fauci denies that the work outlined in the paper constitutes gain-of-function research and did so again Tuesday.
“The paper you’re referring to was not judged by qualified employees, up and down the chain, as a function of profit,” the doctor insisted.
“For-profit-for-work research is defined by the NIH. We read that definition,” Paul said Tuesday night.
“It’s when you take an animal virus and you make it more contagious or more dangerous, or more likely to cause disease in humans. That’s why we presented a paper by Dr. Xi from the Wuhan Institute, where They took the virus, combined two viruses that weren’t contagious in humans and made them contagious in humans… and all that Dr. Fauci could do was sputter, call me. False, but he never did. “At no time did we address the facts that we determined – that the money he was giving to Wuhan was actually for the benefit of the work,” he said.
At one point during the hearing, an apparently annoyed Fauci told Paul that “you don’t know what you’re talking about, and I want to say that officially.” Paul, for his part, accused Fauci of “dancing around it because you’re trying to obscure the responsibility for the 4 million people who die around the world because of the pandemic.”
“If the disease came from the lab and they’re funding the benefit of the work, guess what? He has very little moral culpability for the start of the pandemic,” Paul told LBL. You go back to Fauci” statement in 2012The research was worth it even if there was a pandemic, he said, even if there was a leak from a lab, the research was worth it. To me, it shows incredibly poor judgment. “
The theory that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than jumping naturally from animals to humans, once dismissed as a fringe, has gained traction in recent months.
Earlier this week, LOVEBYLIFE reported that a growing number of top officials in the Biden administration support the so-called “lab leak theory,” although opinion is divided with the zoonotic theory. In May, President Biden ordered the intelligence community to conduct a 90-day review of all evidence relating to the origins of the pandemic.