Fauci Admits Funding Wuhan Lab, but Denies ‘Gain of Function’ Support
Fauci accused over his gain of function comments
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head, admitted the health body funded the Wuhan lab but still denied “gain of function” support.
But Fauci denied funding “gain of function” research, explaining the process to be “taking a virus that could infect humans and making it either more transmissible and/or pathogenic for humans.”
“That categorically was not done,” Fauci explained.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) claimed Fauci committed perjury May 12 over his gain of function comments relating to the Chinese Wuhan lab.
Paul was asked on Real America’s Voice:
“Do you believe he [Fauci] perjured himself?”
“Absolutely, he lied to the American people,” Paul responded.
"There was gain of function research going on with Dr. Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute."
"In her paper, she actually thanked Dr. Fauci and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is a part of National Institutes of Health (NIH) that Dr. Fauci runs," Paul added.
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"It’s listed at the end of the paper. This paper was fined by NIAID research, and it lists a ten-digit number that identifies the research money she got from the United States. Was it gain of function?"
"Well, it took a SARS virus, which is a coronavirus, that’s 15 times more deadly than COVID, and it added to it S protein, which is something in the surface of it, to make it more easily infectious to epithelial cells for the respiratory tract. That, to me, is gain of function," Paul added.
Paul also said a scientist from Rutgers University and another from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, confirmed the paper studies gain of function.
He added that Fauci shouldn't be allowed to investigate the origins of COVID-19, stating he is compromised due to his funding of the lab.
Bill Hemmer asked:
“You allege today it’s a cover-up?”
“No, there could be a cover-up. There is an incentive by people like Dr. Fauci not to reveal anything because he would be then culpable because he was in charge of funding this lab."
"He personally approved it.”
Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gave $7.4 million to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.
In January 2018, embassy officials warned about inadequate safety in the lab, according to Fox News.