|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 26, 2021 at 1:10 PM|
Senator Rand Paul fired another shot at Dr. Anthony Fauci, demanding to know what role the nation's top infectious disease expert played in allowing specific coronavirus research during a Fox News appearance.
In his response to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo's question about investigating the pandemic's origins, the Kentucky Republican criticized President Joe Biden and his administration's hypocrisy on the COVID-19 response, as well as targeting Fauci.
“Every opportunity that President Biden has had, in terms of speaking with [Chinese] President Xi Jinping, the subject never comes up,” Bartiromo said on “Sunday Morning Futures,” referring to a bill introduced to “force the administration to declassify the intelligence related to the origin of COVID”
“So can you explain this, why he has a private phone call with president XI and he never asks him why the Chinese Communist Party his this to the world…allowed the virus to escape its borders. Not a word from anybody on the origins of COVID and I thought this was the priority?” the Fox News host asked.
The senator replied by recommending that the director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases asked a few questions.
“There is a huge ethical question about the origins of the virus,” Senator Paul said. “The ethical question is should we be doing gain-of-function, should we be upgrading animal viruses in the lab to make them more susceptible to humans?”
Paul went on to say that he "can not say for sure that this escaped the lab," but that "it is a reasonable question to ask."
Since COVID-19 first made headlines, the virus's origins have been disputed, with some pointing to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, where bat coronavirus experiments were being conducted. Newsweek reported in April 2020 that the Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had given $7.4 million for two five- and six-year research programs on bat coronaviruses.
Gain-of-function work, which involves experimenting with animal viruses to see if they can infect humans, was part of the study. More than 200 scientists have spoken out against the practice of creating highly infectious viruses due to the risk of accidental release.
As part of the first project, virologist Shi Zheng-Li and other Wuhan lab researchers investigated and cataloged bat coronaviruses in the wild until 2019. Soon after, the second phase of the multimillion-dollar project began, which included more surveillance and gain-of-function research. The project was reportedly canceled by the National Institutes of Health on April 24, 2020.
Fauci has also performed gain-of-function experiments on birds and ferrets with the goal of turning a low-infectious disease into a highly transmissible pandemic virus.
“But what you have to ask Dr. Fauci is why did he, in overseeing these labs, allow gain-of-function?” Paul told Bartiromo on Sunday.
“Why is he allowing labs to get government money to upgrade animal viruses so they can infect humans?” he asked. “We got worried about this around 2 or 3 years ago. We closed down about half of them but then Dr. Fauci and his committees opened them back up. We need to ask him why are we doing this in China but, are we doing this in the US?”
Paul wanted to know “are we giving viruses the ability to invade the human species and then potentially letting them out of the lab? I know we don’t want them out so might be inadvertent in China or here, but I think we should be discussing the danger of increasing the potency of a virus and allowing it to escape animals and humans because we doctor the virus. Maybe we shouldn’t be doing that.”
Earlier in the interview, the senator chastised Biden for participating in "theater" and displaying "great ignorance of science" by wearing a face mask during a virtual summit with other world leaders, despite having received his full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“You’ve got leaders from across the world sitting there virtually and he’s got a mask on. What do you make of this?” Bartiromo inquired of Paul, referring to the previous week's meeting.
“You know, I guess this means that Doctor Anthony Fauci has determined that you can get COVID and you can catch it through your web cam, and that is the only thing I can conclude,” Paul replied.
“Really, it is silly and this type of theater really is distracting to people who need to go out and get the vaccine,” he noted.
“But when Biden goes on the computer screen to a Zoom call and wears a mask, he is making a mockery of the science and this is dissuading people who are skeptical anyway,” Paul said, adding that “if you want to convince people who are skeptical that the vaccine works, show them that we have protection after we’ve been vaccinated. Show them that after we’ve had the disease naturally, that we have protection.”
“Don’t be excoriating people to keep wearing masks after they already have immunity. Let people live again,” Paul concluded. “But by doing this sort of fake science and wearing a mask while you’re on a Zoom call it shows great ignorance of science, but it also tells the people that you’re really being dishonest with them and they tend not to believe the other things that you will tell them.”