Republican Senator Rand Paul demanded that Dr. Anthony Fauci was going to be fired, alleging that he lied to him about job gain research conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was allegedly funded by the United States.
Paul appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, where he claimed that thousands of emails revealed by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post proved that Fauci may have been partially responsible for the development of COVID-19.
The junior senator from Kentucky said Fauci bears “moral guilt” while claiming that COVID-19 was created by the Wuhan Institute of Virology with funding from the National Institute of Health, a theory that has not been proven.
Fauci appeared in an interview with NewsNation Now anchor Leland Vittert on The Donlon Report, in which he defended a grant the United States provided to the Wuhan lab.
Rand Paul appeared on The Ingraham Angle where he claimed revealed emails showed Fauci may have been partly responsible for developing COVID-19
The junior senator from Kentucky said Fauci bears ‘moral blame’ for the pandemic and should be fired from his government positions
Paul claimed that COVID-19 was created by the Wuhan Institute of Virology through funding from the National Institute of Health, a theory that has not been proven. Paul said: ‘In his email, in the subject line, he says ‘gain of function research’. He admitted it to his private subordinates seven to eight months ago.”
Scientists have focused their views on COVID-19 primarily on the theory that it spread naturally from a bat to an in-between animal before infecting humans.
Claims that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology have been laughed off as conspiracy theories — but even researchers from some top universities like Harvard and Cambridge have suggested in a letter that the “hypotheses” can’t be ruled out until there’s more evidence.
In gain-of-function research, scientists alter organisms and diseases to study how they can become more deadly or more transmissible. The field of virology relies heavily on such studies.
Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under the NIH umbrella, has denied that the NIH directly funded profit-of-function research in Wuhan.
However, Paul claimed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the recently revealed emails show that Fauci has admitted to funding research into job gains.
“I think we’ve changed our mind. Everyone to the left of the center said this was a conspiracy, that it couldn’t possibly have happened in the Wuhan lab. Now even Dr. Fauci that we should investigate,’ said Paul.
“But the emails paint a disturbing picture, a disturbing picture of Dr. Fauci from the very beginning he worried that he had funded profits from job research. And he knows it to this day, but hasn’t admitted it.’
Paul claimed in the interview that “there is a lot of evidence” that Fauci’s views on the Wuhan lab leak theory were compromised by a “conflict of interest.”
“If it turns out that this virus originated in the Wuhan lab, which it seems it did, then there’s a lot of blame for being a big supporter of the funding,” Paul said.
“But to this day he was also a big proponent of saying that we can trust the Chinese in this, that we can trust Chinese scientists and I think that is quite naive and should really exclude him from the position he is in.” .’
dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed recent revelations that he had been warned by scientists at the start of the pandemic that COVID-19 may have been ‘developed’
Fauci made his comments in an interview with NewsNation Now anchor Leland Vittert on The Donlon Report, where he also admitted that he “cannot guarantee everything that is going on in the Wuhan lab.”
The NIH awarded a $3.7 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, based in the United States, to study the risk of coronaviruses emerging from bats in 2014. EcoHealth Alliance, in turn, distributed nearly $600,000 of that funding to its collaborator, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Paul claimed during the Fox News interview that Fauci’s emails show that he was concerned about the NIH-funded gain-of-function study in February amid the rise of the pandemic.
‘In his email, in the subject line, he says ‘job gain research’. He admitted it to his personal subordinates seven to eight months ago,’ said Paul.
In a Feb. 1, 2020 email obtained by Buzzfeed News, Chief NIAID Director Hugh Auschincloss wrote to Fauci to discuss a paper sent to him by the top infectious disease expert, ostensibly asking whether the NIH funds profit-of-function research related to coronaviruses.
In the email to Fauci, Auschincloss noted that a colleague would “try to establish whether we have any distant ties to this work abroad.”
When Ingraham asked Paul if Fauci could be held criminally liable, he replied, “There is at least moral guilt.”
Fauci, considered America’s top infectious disease expert, also explained why scientists focused their theories on the natural transmission of bats rather than an accidental leak from the Wuhan lab.
Researchers from some top universities recently wrote a letter claiming that theories of COVID-19 escaping from a lab in Wuhan “remain viable”
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is about 20 miles from the Huanan Seafood Market where the first cases of coronavirus have been reported
Paul’s interview on Wednesday came as Fauci dismissed recent revelations that he had been warned at the start of the pandemic that COVID-19 may have been ‘developed’ and said the emails are ‘really ripe to be taken out of context’ .
Fauci also admitted in The Donlon Report that he “cannot guarantee everything that happens in the Wuhan lab.”
Considered America’s top infectious disease expert, Fauci also explained why scientists focused their theories on the natural transmission of bats to humans through an intermediate species.
The interview comes after a large number of 3,200 emails from Fauci were obtained from January to June 2020 and published by Buzzfeed on Tuesday, which revealed that leading virus experts warned him that COVID-19 may have been created in a lab while making such claims publicly. rejected.
“The only problem is that they are really ripe for being taken out of context, where someone can cut out a sentence in an email without showing the other emails, saying ‘based on an email from Dr. . Fauci said he so-and-so’ where you don’t really have the full context,’ Fauci said in the interview.
Another treasure trove of emails, published by the Washington Post, also revealed his cozy relationship with China’s top infectious disease expert Dr. George Gao – the director of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention – during the early days of the pandemic in March and April of last year.
“Let’s put things in context… We’re not talking about the Chinese Communist Party. We are not talking about the Chinese military. We’re talking about scientists who have been in a relationship for years,” Fauci said.
Fauci then defended his relationship with Gao, a colleague of Fauci’s “for many years” and a member of the United States National Academy of Scientists.
“The scientists there, and others we’ve treated with the original SARS, with the flu pretty much every year, the scientists are experienced,” Fauci said.
Fauci added that the Wuhan lab “is a very large lab for hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars.”
“The grant we’re talking about was $600,000 over five years for an average of about $125,000 to $140,000 a year,” Fauci said.
He added: “I can’t guarantee everything that happens in the Wuhan lab, I can’t. But it is our duty as scientists and public health individuals to study the animal-human interface in the wake of the original SARS virus in 2002.
Fauci explained that SARS-CoV-1 was “clearly a jump of sorts from a bat, to a civilian cat, to a human.”
“So it was our duty to study the animal-human interface and understand the potential these viruses have to infect humans, which could then harm the United States,” Fauci said.
“So you don’t want to go to Hoboken, New Jersey or Fairfax, Virginia to study the human interface of bats that could lead to an outbreak. You’re going to China.’