Senator Rand Paul is one of the few Senators willing to ask the tough questions that need to be asked.
So when Dr. Fauci sat in front of him, he had good reason to be afraid.
And Senator Paul had Dr. Fauci sweating bullets when he asked him a question he was terrified to answer.
Nobody has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic more than Dr. Anthony Fauci.
He went from being a little known immunologist to one of the most powerful people in the world in a matter of days.
Dr. Fauci has the power to change the entire direction of U.S. policy with a single statement.
And he did, resulting in the U.S. economy nearly collapsing, and tens of millions of people losing their jobs in a matter of days.
But now there are questions being raised about Dr. Fauci’s support for funding research in Wuhan, China.
Information continues to come out showing that funding for what is known as gain-of-function research on deadly viruses could have caused COVID-19 to spread from the lab it was being studied in.
Dr. Rand Paul asked Fauci about this during a recent hearing, asking if he still supports the National Institutes of Health providing funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where that research was done.
“For years, Dr. Ralph Baric, a virologist in the U.S., has been collaborating with Dr. Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Virology Institute, sharing his discoveries about how to create superviruses,” Paul said. “This gain-of-function research has been funded by the NIH. […] Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH lab in Wuhan?”
Fauci responded by denying that the NIH ever did such research.
“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect,” Dr. Fauci said. “[The] NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
In reality, the U.S. government has assessed that the Wuhan lab was in fact conducting gain-of-function research, as was reported in Politico in March.
Jamie Metzl, who is an expert in gene editing for the World Health Organization has said the same.
“Will you categorically say that COVID-19 could not have occurred through serial passage [a method of creating a virus] in a laboratory?” Paul asked.
“I do not have any accounting of what the Chinese may have done and I am fully in favor of any further investigation of what went on in China,” Dr. Fauci said. “However, I will repeat, the NIH . . . categorically has not funded gain of function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Paul wrapped up by pointing out that Fauci was evading answering the question by parsing words.
The reality is, somebody is lying.
Either the U.S. government, or Fauci.
Both of their statements cannot be true.