Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke out on Thursday to blast Dr. Anthony Fauci after the National Institutes of Health admitted that the U.S. funded research at the lab where COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China.
“Five million people died from a virus that came out of a lab — wouldn’t we want to know, wouldn’t we want to prevent this from happening again?” Paul told Fox News. “This virus is very deadly. What if we had a virus that had a 15% mortality rate?”
Paul, who is a doctor himself, went on to say that China is already experimenting with a variation of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus of the early 2000s, noting that its predecessor had a 1 in 2 mortality rate.
“They still to this day are trying to get around the truth,” he said. “They say ‘well it was unexpected that it gained function.'”
Not stopping there, Paul proceeded to call out Fauci for previously claiming that a virus outbreak could be worth the scientific value of the preceding experiments.
“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” Fauci said back in 2012. “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?”
“Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks,” he added at the time.
This did not sit well with Paul, who said that Fauci has been intentionally “never fully explain[ing] why [the experiments] are not gain-of-function. His declination is this: it’s inadvertent. We didn’t know they were going to gain function. That is what a gain-of-function experiment is. You don’t know when you combine two viruses that they will be more deadly, but it might be if you have half a brain; you know if you combine two viruses, it might be more deadly. He’s been parsing words.”
While Paul and other Republican lawmakers have referred Fauci to the Justice Department for investigation, he is not expecting the liberal Attorney General Merrick Garland to take action, given the fact that he wants to “go after moms complaining about what they are teaching in school.”
“I don’t know if they have time to go after Dr. Fauci for lying,” Paul said. “He should be held accountable because what we have developed as a system of health care in our country where doctors are afraid to speak out because they will cut out their research funding, doctors who have talked about innovative treatment to try to help people survive COVID are being lectured and told we will take your license. This is the kind of thing, this top-down centralization of medical authority, it’s not good for our country, and it’s not good for innovation.”
This piece was written by James Samson on October 22, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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