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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY), questions top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing, July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images)

Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci Argue Over US Funding Gain of Function Research in China; “You Have No Idea What You’re Talking About”

Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci faced-off in a ‘no you’re the liar’ conversation during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The heated exchange was about whether or not the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease funded gain of function research at a Chinese lab.

The Senator starts by reminding Fauci that it is a crime to lie to Congress. Paul then asked if Fauci would redact his statement he made to the committee in May denying the NIH funded gain of function research at a lab in Wuhan.

Fauci stood by his original statement claiming Paul had no idea what he was talking about. He told Congress that qualified experts examined the study that they indirectly funded and concluded it was not “gain of function” research.

Katz says regardless if NIH funded the study directly or if they funded a company that assisted the research into bat coronaviruses, the US still gave a Chinese lab money.

“The issue here is about who paid. Now the lab is saying the NIH paid, Dr. Fauci is trying to engage in a more soft argument. He’s saying they gave a grant to a group called *EcoHealth Alliance and *EcoHealth Alliance are the ones who paid them…

We did pay the lab, we don’t have rules about not funding Chinese labs and we should never be funding a Chinese lab because all Communists lie. That should be the position of Dr. Anthony Fauci, but he’s not taking it.”   

The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to the NIH funding bill for 2022 that would ban funding to labs in China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

Editor’s Note: Gain of function research is medical research that alters a virus in a way that increases transmissibility.  

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