Fact: Dr. Anthony Fauci, without a doubt, knew the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted funds for gain-of-function research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.
It’s no secret that gain-of-function research has been deemed a controversial practice since its beginning. However, that hasn’t stopped the NIH from approving funding for it abroad and in the United States under Dr. Fauci’s watch.
For those who are not familiar with gain-of-function research, it is a type of research that involves juicing up naturally occurring animal viruses to infect humans.
Time after time, Dr. Fauci has refused to take ownership of lying to Congress about the funding.
During a recent U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee hearing, I asked Dr. Fauci a simple question: “Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, 2021? Do you still claim that NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?”
He insisted that “the NIH has not ever and does not fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
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For instance, Dr. Ralph Baric, a U.S. virologist, collaborated with Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study bat and human coronaviruses dating back to 2015.
The scientists took bat virus spike-protein genes and recombined them into the backbone of the deadly SARS virus and used the human-engineered, juiced-up virus to infect human respiratory cells.
Guess who funded the gain-of-function research: The National Institutes of Health under Dr. Fauci.—RAND PAUL, National Review, Aug. 4, 2021
In a newly resurfaced paper from 2012, Dr. Anthony Fauci argued that the benefits of gain-of-function research are worth the increased risk of a potential pandemic-causing lab accident.
Fauci Argued Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research Outweighed Pandemic Risk in 2012 Paper
The Weekend Australian unearthed a paper Fauci wrote for the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012 in which he argued in support of gain-of-function research. Such research involves making viruses more infectious and/or deadly. Experts have raised the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic could have originated from a potential lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, where gain-of-function experiments on bat coronaviruses have been conducted.