Fauci: “And Senator Paul, you do not know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dr. Anthony Fauci had another blowout in Congress.
This time, Paul confronted Fauci over his previous testimony when he claimed the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) did not fund “gain-of-function research in China.”
Paul cited a paper on bat coronavirus, which he said shows taxpayer “money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to.”
FAUCI: “Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you’re referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function. What was — ”
PAUL: “So you — ”
FAUCI: “Let me finish!”
PAUL: “So you take an animal virus and you increase the transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain of function?”
FAUCI: “Yeah, that is correct. And Senator Paul, you do not know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about. Okay, you get one person — ”
PAUL: “The NIH — ”
FAUCI: “Can I answer?”
PAUL: “This is your definition that you guys wrote. It says that scientific research that increases the transmissibility among mammals is gain of function. They took animal viruses that only occur in animals and they increase their transmissibility to humans. How you can say that is not gain of function — ”
FAUCI: “It is not.”
PAUL: “It’s a dance and you’re dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic.”
Things just got tense between Senator @RandPaul and Dr. Fauci.
PAUL: "There will be responsibility for those who funded the lab, including yourself."
FAUCI: "I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, Senator." pic.twitter.com/RZq3ESb9xM
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