Sen Rand Paul Launches New Attack on Fauci After NIH Admits Funding Job Gain Research

Senator Rand Paul criticized COVID Tsar Dr. Anthony Fauci after the National Institutes of Health finally admitted to funding profit-or-function research into bat coronaviruses at his lab in Wuhan — despite Fauci’s denials to Congress that such research has taken place.

Paul had confronted Fauci earlier this year with lying about the NIH’s involvement in coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a claim Fauci fought against and called Paul a liar.

The senator had also faced public reaction to the attack, Fauci, who is director of the NIH’s Institute of Infectious Diseases, and who has enjoyed a status of popularity as the country’s expert on COVID-19.

Paul told Fox News that while he felt confirmed after the new disclosure was made on Thursday, the news should focus on pushing the US to end dangerous job gain research projects.

“This is a kind of research that ends civilization. This research could reveal something that could destroy civilization,” said Paul.

In the end, he accused Fauci of lying and deliberately “parsing words” to never fully admit that function gain experiments in Wuhan could have been done with grant funds from the NIH.

“Its declension is this: it’s unintentional, we didn’t know they would gain in function. That’s what a job gain experiment is,’ says Paul.

“You don’t know when you combine two viruses that they are more deadly, but if you have half a brain, you may know that if you combine two viruses, it is more deadly”

sen. Rand Paul, photo, confronted Dr. Anthony Fauci in May, demanding that the COVID czar tell the truth about job gain testing at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Fauci, pictured, denied that such research took place, but the National Institute of Health admitted that its grant funds were used in Wuhan to test the function.

Fauci, pictured, denied that such research took place, but the National Institute of Health admitted that its grant funds were used in Wuhan to test the function.

As for his feud with Fauci, the Kentucky senator said he and other lawmakers have already referred Fauci to the Justice Department for investigation.

However, Paul noted that he wasn’t expecting much from Attorney General Merrick Garland, who he said was too busy to “stimulate mothers who complain about what they learn in school.”

He referred to plans to classify parents protesting school board meetings on issues as critical race theory and transgenderism as “domestic terrorists” and turn the FBI on them.

Admission came in a letter addressed Kentucky Congressman James Comer Wednesday, in which Lawrence A. Tabak, the NIH’s chief deputy director, refers to a “limited experiment” conducted to test whether “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses found in China were able to bind to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model,” in the Wuhan lab.

According to Tabak, the mice infected with the modified bat virus became “sicker” than the mice infected with the unmodified bat virus.

The NIH's chief deputy director, Lawrence A. Tabak, admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at his lab in Wuhan

The NIH’s chief deputy director, Lawrence A. Tabak, admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at his lab in Wuhan

In a new letter, NIH chief deputy director Lawrence A. Tabak (pictured) says lab rats were infected with the modified bat virus at the Wuhan lab in China

In a new letter, NIH chief deputy director Lawrence A. Tabak (pictured) says lab rats were infected with the modified bat virus at the Wuhan lab in China

“As happens in science, this was an unexpected result of the study, as opposed to something the researchers wanted to do,” says Tabak.

Though he never uses the term, Tobacco essentially confirms that job gain research, which looks at both the transmission of diseases between animals and humans, is a way for scientists to alter organisms and diseases to study how they become more deadly or more transmissible. could be, took place at the Chinese lab despite consistent denials from Dr. Fauci.

The letter shifts the blame to the US nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which used NIH money to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, for not being transparent about the kind of research they did.

‘EcoHealth did not immediately report this finding, as prescribed by the subsidy conditions’, Tabak writes in his letter. “EcoHealth is being notified that they have five days from today to submit to the NIH all unpublished data from the experiments and work performed under this award.”

In response to the letter, Paul, who was widely mocked and rejected for having adopted the theory early on that COVID could have originated in the Wuhan lab and leaked out, tweeted: ‘I told you so’ it here.’

Fauci has testified before Congress on several occasions that U.S. taxpayers have never funded so-called “job gain” research in China — which would make a virus more contagious or deadly.

In May, Dr.  Fauci (pictured) that the NIH has

In May, Dr. Fauci (pictured) that the NIH has “never and now has not funded job gain research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology”

Blame was placed on EcoHealth Alliance, which used NIH money to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, (pictured) for not being transparent about their research

Blame was placed on EcoHealth Alliance, which used NIH money to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, (pictured) for not being transparent about their research

In May, Fauci testified that the NIH has “never and now has not funded research into job gain at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

What is Gain of Function research?

Gain of Function Research (GOF) is a controversial practice of modifying a virus or pathogen to study the development of new diseases and their transmission.

Scientists conducting GOF research modify naturally occurring viruses to make them more infectious so they can replicate in human cells in a lab.

This allows the possible effects of the virus on humans to be studied and better understood. GOF is considered controversial due to its inherent biosafety risks.

In 2014, the Obama administration imposed a moratorium on GOF, including stopping funding for projects, but this decision was overturned three years later by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

On May 25, 2021, the White House chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology through a $600,000 grant to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, to investigate whether bat coronaviruses can be transmitted to humans.

He said the research was essential, pointing out that the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s was ultimately traced to bats.

However, Fauci claimed that under the terms of the funding, scientists were not allowed to use the money for Gain of Function research.

However, Fauci also said at that hearing that there was no way of knowing whether Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lied and conducted profit-of-function experiments on bat coronaviruses using US tax dollars.

“There’s no way to guarantee that,” Fauci said during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, answering a question from Republican Senator John Kennedy.

“But in our experience with beneficiaries, including Chinese beneficiaries, with whom we have been interacting for a long time, they are very competent, reliable scientists,” Fauci testified.

Then Dr. Fauci took to Senator Paul at a Senate hearing in July for accusing the Kentucky Republican of being a “liar” who “don’t know what you’re talking about” when it comes to the origins and profits of COVID function research.

‘Dr. Fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, will you retract your May 11 statement claiming the NIH? [National Institutes of Health] never funded job gain research in Wuhan?’ Paul asked the nation’s top immunologist and Joe Biden’s top COVID advisor.

“Senator Paul, I’ve never lied to Congress and I’m not retracting that statement,” Fauci retorted into the heated discussion on Capitol Hill during a Senate Health Committee hearing.

In September, The Intercept revealed that it had received 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance’s research in Wuhan, China.

In its first report on the documents, The Intercept highlighted two previously unreported EcoHealth Alliance grant applications funded by the NIH.

One of the grants included $599,000 to go to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to “identify and alter bat coronaviruses that can infect humans,” according to The Intercept.

Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, told The Intercept that the documents suggest researchers were creating novel coronaviruses in Wuhan.

“The viruses they built were tested for their ability to infect mice designed to display human receptors on their cells,” Ebright told The Intercept after reviewing the documents.

He said the documents showed that two different types of novel coronaviruses could infect humanized mice.

“While they were working on SARS-related coronavirus, they simultaneously conducted a parallel project on MERS-related coronavirus,” he said.

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