In Senate hearings Tuesday Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) demanded Dr. Anthony Fauci respond to questions regarding gain-of-function research the NIH funded at the Wuhan Institute of Virology which may have had led to the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
Fauci, who heads the U.S. committee charged with updating American citizens on Sars-Cov2 mitigation efforts, denied NIH sponsored gain of function research. When pressed to define gain of function, Paul referred to Dr Fauci’s previously written statements about gain of function research, saying “animal to human transmission is gain of function, is it not, Dr. Fauci?”
Fauci denied it was the proper definition and that he, nor members of the NIH team. were responsible for the coronavirus pandemic or research that may have led to the pandemic. Paul, who has been more direct than other Senators who sit on the Health committee, argued such research funded by NIH in 2015 most certainly could be responsible since gain of function research was documented, and the virus appears to have originated in Wuhan.
Dr. Fauci became visibly perturbed by the charge accusing the Kentucky Senator of lying and spreading false information.
Listen to the full exchange here: