The Washington Post columnist says scientists are too scared of the influence of Dr. Fauci to freely criticize his investigation that may be related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Josh Rogin claims scientists are unable to speak on issues related to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s research
- It is the funding administered by the NIH and NIAID, which leads Fauci
- Rogin claims Fauci is the “godfather” of gain-of-function research
- Profit-of-function investigation took place in Wuhan lab named as location of coronavirus outbreak
- No official decision has been made as to where COVID-19 began
A Washington Post columnist is testing the media for ignoring Dr. Anthony Fauci’s ties to research that may have led to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Josh Rogin appeared on Megyn Kelly’s podcast Wednesday, refuting the public love for Fauci since the start of the pandemic last year.
“I often talk to scientists who say the same thing, who say,” Listen, we really want to speak up about this, but we can’t, “Rogin said on the podcast.
‘Why can’t we do it? Well, we get all of our funding from NIH, or NIAID, which is run by Dr. Fauci. ‘
Josh Rogin said on a recent podcast that scientists are unable to voice certain issues related to Dr. Anthony Fauci due to his position of power that directs an organization that controls the funding.
Rogin said Dr. Anthony Fauci is the “ godfather ” of gain-of-function research, which is sometimes linked to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So we can’t say anything like, ‘Oh, gain-of-function research could be dangerous, or it might come from a lab, because we’re going to lose our career, we’re going to lose our funding, we won’t be able to do the job. ”
Function gain research concerns improving the ability to transmit pathogens through artificial processes.
Newsweek reported last April that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting some of that research.
Their research was funded by a ten-year, $ 200 million international program called PREDICT. That program, in turn, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development, along with other countries.
Pictured: Anthony Fauci testifies at a hearing in Washington DC on Thursday
“The head of finance, actually the head of the whole field, is Anthony Fauci,” Rogin continued. “He is the godfather of gain-of-function research as we know it.”
“That what I said there is too hot for TV, because people don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic … may also have been linked to this research, which may also have been linked to the outbreak.”
Rogin did not accuse Fauci – who collided with Congressman Jim Jordan on Thursday – of doing anything illegal.
However, he noted that he believed Fauci’s research may have played a role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People can’t get it through their heads, but that’s the reality,” Rogin said on The Megyn Kelly Show. “We don’t have a media environment where we can have that kind of discussion.”
Rogin has previously argued with a reporter for The New York Times after the paper claimed the Wuhan lab origins theory had been “ debunked. ”
That came after ex-CDC chief Robert Redfield stated that he believed the COVID-19 pandemic started in a Wuhan lab.
The first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, but a definitive cause of the pandemic has never been given by officials.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 31,231,869 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 561,356 deaths.