(TheRedWire.com) – As we move into the twilight of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will begin to see and hear more questions about how the disease originated. The messaging from China has been misleading; despite overwhelming evidence the virus came from Wuhan, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) remains determined to avoid blame. There have been multiple reports of officials silencing whistleblowers near the pandemic’s start, potentially gravely worsening the situation.
Dr. Fauci’s View
On Tuesday, May 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The nation’s top infectious disease expert had to face tough questioning from a number of lawmakers.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) put it to Fauci that the virus might have originated in a Wuhan laboratory rather than a wildlife market, as is generally believed. Fauci admitted this was a possibility, stating he was “totally in favor of a full investigation” into the matter.
Gain of Function Research
Fauci also interacted with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has long been a stern critic of the doctor. Paul questioned Fauci about the role “gain of function” research may have played in the spread of the virus and whether the National Institute of Health (the government-backed body Fauci works for) could have funded such research in Wuhan. The term refers to a process through which scientists strengthen a virus for vaccine research purposes.
Interrupting Sen. Paul mid-sentence, Fauci claimed he did not “favor gain of function research in China.” He went on to accuse the Senator of “saying things that are not correct.” He also claimed his organization “has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute.”
Fauci’s testy response to this question should give us pause for thought. Was the doctor simply irritated by Rand Paul, or was he trying to push the Senator away from that line of questioning?
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