“We did, under your tutelage, we were sending it through EcoHealth, it was a subagency and a subgrant. Do you support that the money from NIH that was going to the Wuhan Institute?”
Dr. Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky, asked Dr. Anthony Fauci point-blank about taxpayer money funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology. You know, the origin of COVID-19.
Paul brought up function research, “which works on making pathogens deadlier or more easily transmissible.” He then “alleged that a U.S. virologist had been working with the Chinese institute on such research and said it was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).”
Paul asked: “Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?”
FAUCI: “Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in that institute.”
PAUL: “Do they fund Dr. Baric?”
FAUCI: “We do not fund gain — ”
PAUL: “Do you fund Dr. Baric’s gain of function research?”
FAUCI: “Dr. Baric does not do a gain of function research. And if it is, it’s according to the guidelines and it is being conducted in North Carolina, not —”
PAUL: “You do not think inserting a bat virus Spike protein, that he got from the Wuhan Institute, into the SARS virus’s gain of function — ”
FAUCI: “That is not —”
PAUL: “You would be in the minority because at least 200 scientists have signed a statement, from the Cambridge Working Group, saying that it is gain of function.”
FAUCI: “Well, it is not. And if you look at the grant and the progress reports, it is not gain of function despite the fact that people tweet that, write about it —”
PAUL: “So do you still support sending money to the Wuhan Virology Institute?”
FAUCI: “We do not send money now to the Wuhan Virology —”
PAUL: “Do you support sending money? We did, under your tutelage, we were sending it through EcoHealth, it was a subagency and a subgrant. Do you support that the money from NIH that was going to the Wuhan Institute?”
Sen. Rand Paul has Anthony Fauci dead to rights on the charge of sending taxpayer money to the Wuhan virus lab.
From 2014 to July 13, 2020 (!), NIAID sent $3.75 million to EcoHealth Alliance to study "bat coronavirus emergence." EHA then sent $600k of that to the Wuhan lab. pic.twitter.com/8Joun3vi4r
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 11, 2021
"From June 2014 to May 2019 EcoHealth Alliance had a grant from NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, to do gain-of-function research with coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology." https://t.co/zxfPho46n7 https://t.co/1iJZtd9rde
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) May 11, 2021
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