During a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci about the National Institute of Health's (NIH) funding of dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Fauci is the director of the institution and the highest-paid employee in the federal government.
Fauci denied the NIH has funded the research, but a long paper trail of grant money tells a different story.
"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
It's established fact that the research of Wuhan virologist Shi Zhengli -- who was conducting “gain of function” experiments on bat coronaviruses -- has been funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. It's in the public record: https://t.co/e5gJ9Fw0p6 https://t.co/ZHbztuPAML— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 11, 2021
Sen. Rand Paul has Anthony Fauci dead to rights on the charge of sending taxpayer money to the Wuhan virus lab.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 11, 2021
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
Let's take a look at what was done with Fauci's grants to EcoHealthAlliance/Wuhan: "[W]e constructed an infectious clone" of a SARS-like bat coronavirus.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 11, 2021
That is the literal definition of "gain-of-function" genetic research. https://t.co/wChAIXVOFN pic.twitter.com/FdUyP7mtHY
From the NIH:
Not to mention, Fauci is known as the "godfather" of gain-of-function research and has allegedly cultivated an environment in which scientists are afraid to speak out.
"I often talk to scientists who say the same thing, that say, ‘Listen, we really want to speak out about this, but we can’t do it. Why can’t we do it? Well, we get all of our funding from NIH, or NIAID… which is run by Dr. Fauci,'" he said on Kelly’s podcast. "And so we can’t say anything like ‘Oh, gain-of-function research might be dangerous, or it might have come from a lab, because we’re going to lose our careers, we’re going to lose our funding, we’re not going to be able to do the work.'"
"The head of the funding, the head of the entire field, really, is Anthony Fauci," he said. "He’s the godfather of gain-of-function research as we know it. That, again, just what I said right there, is too hot for TV because people don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic… might also have been connected to this research, which might also have been connected to the outbreak."