dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the Biden administration, has defended the National Institute of Health’s decision to give $600,000 in 2014 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for research into whether bat coronaviruses can be transmitted to humans.
On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci, the director of the NIH’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told host Jake Tapper it would be “negligent” not to fund the research — though some have argued that it could have happened led to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019.
Fauci and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky got into an argument on the topic last week, when Paul questioned Fauci about the theory of gain of function research contributing to the origin of the virus in the Wuhan lab.
Fauci has maintained that the US-funded study was not a gain-of-function study, modifying viruses and making them potentially more deadly.
The expert defended the research on CNN, saying he was confident in the NIH’s decision to fund it.
He said: ‘If you go back to when this research really started, and look at the scientific backing of it, it was a peer-reviewed proposal that was peer-reviewed and received a very high rating for the importance of why it should be so. must be. to do a study on what was happening among the bat population because everyone in the world was trying to figure out what the original source of the original SARS-CoV-1 was.”
He continued: ‘And in that context the research was done. It was very regulated. It was revised. It got progress reports. It was published in the open literature. So, I think if you look at the ultimate reason why that started, it was almost like if you didn’t do that research, you’d be negligent because we were trying to figure out how to prevent this from happening again.”
dr. Anthony Fauci, right, chief medical adviser to the Biden administration, defended the National Institute of Health’s decision to give $600,000 in 2014 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for research into whether bat coronaviruses can be transmitted to humans. He spoke on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ with Jake Tapper, left
Fauci, the director of the NIH’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told host Jake Tapper it would be “negligent” not to fund the research.
However, conservatives argued that lab function gain research could have led to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019
Gain of Function Research (GOF) is a controversial practice of modifying a virus or pathogen to study the development of new diseases and their transmission. The research could ultimately make the virus more contagious or deadly in a lab.
Fauci lashed out at Paul during a Senate hearing on Tuesday when he accused the Kentucky Republican of being a “liar” who “don’t know what you’re talking about” when it comes to the origins of COVID and job gain research.
Speaking to Fauci Sunday, Tapper brought up the feud with Paul, saying that even if the NIH didn’t specifically fund function research profits, “critics say the lab experiments in Wuhan were nonetheless risky, whether or not they fall into that category.” fit.’
He added: ‘And it is clear that the Chinese government is not a loyal partner. They do not allow transparency. They don’t allow real investigation. So, as a matter of policy going forward, given that the Chinese government doesn’t allow real research, do you still think the US government should partner with labs like Wuhan, especially on research that experts consider risky?’
Fauci got quite animated during the exchange, pointing his fingers at Paul for being a ‘liar’
Paul pointed back with his pencil, insisting that the evidence shows funding from the National Institute of Health went to the Wuhan lab, which he claims then used that money to conduct job gain research to make a bat coronavirus transmissible. to humans and more contagious and deadly
Fauci said: “In the future we will always be very, very careful, going through all kinds of assessments, including the risk-benefit ratio. . . we are always willing to rethink the criteria used when you do research wherever you do it.’
But he defended the funded research, saying, “It was almost like you wouldn’t do that research, you would be remiss because you were trying to figure out how to prevent this from happening again.”
He argued there would be no point in conducting SARS-CoV-1 research domestically when the virus first emerged in China. Fauci added, “If we went looking for bats in Secaucus, New Jersey or Fairfax County, Virginia, it wouldn’t do much.”
Paul alleged to Fox News in early June that thousands of emails revealed by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post proved that Fauci had been privately warned of the possibility that the origins of Covid-19 were due to a lab leak in Wuhan — though he publicly rejected the report. ideas and allowed the Democrats to call it a conspiracy.
The email disclosure didn’t show Fauci’s personal take on the theory.
On May 11, Paul accused Fauci of misleading Congress by saying that the US has never funded profit-or-functional projects at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He pointed to the $3.7 million grant that NIH gave to EcoHealth Alliance in 2014, which distributed nearly $600,000 of the funding to its collaborator, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“If it turns out that this virus is coming from the Wuhan lab, which it seems it did, then there’s a lot of blame for his being a big supporter of the funding,” Paul told Fox News.
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Dr. Anthony Fauci turned a blind eye to the possible rise of Covid-19 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Fauci has refuted such claims
Fauci was recalled last Thursday by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who told Fox News, “He put out more press releases than he signed checks to find out where this virus started. dr. Fauci not only had reason to look that it was a leak in the lab, but he looked the other way. You know, it’s time we held him accountable.’
Fauci’s email leak in early June revealed that the National Institute of Health was warned several times in January, February and April 2020 by various experts that Covid-19 was likely the result of testing at the Wuhan lab in China.
On April 18, 2020, Fauci received an email from the head of a research group working with WIV. In the email, the person thanked Fauci or publicly insisted that evidence does not point to the lab as the source.
Fauci seemed to downplay the wealth of malicious emails warning from the start of the pandemic that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He said his emails are “ripe to be taken out of context,” but he “cannot guarantee everything that happens in the Wuhan lab.”
As more and more evidence was revealed in June to support the lab leak theory, Fauci finally decided to say the origin is likely a natural phenomenon, moving from an animal reservoir to a human.