(ReliableNews.org) – The Intercept reported it obtained nearly 1,000 pages of documents detailing tangible research conducted by a United States-based health organization within Wuhan on September 6. These documents, detailing that the research was funded by the federal government, was obtained throughout a Freedom of Information Act request.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dr. Anthony Fauci have sparred for months over the immunologist’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two men have also found themselves at odds over the possibility that China’s Wuhan laboratory received US government funds to conduct dangerous gain-of-function research. Fauci has repeatedly denied the claim, but recently released documents indicate Senator Paul’s concerns may have been justified.
The senator indicated he was “right” about Fauci’s “agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan”, and retweeted a thread proving such information that was posted and noted by molecular biologist and Rutgers University chemistry and biology professor Richard Ebright, Ph.D.
Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again
And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.
Read this thread and the papers released. https://t.co/zQizKXLdbd
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 7, 2021
Dr. Ebright confirmed that the documents showed that Fauci was “untruthful” when he claimed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci headed for decades, didn’t fund gain-of-function research. The doctor confirmed that the grants that went towards this research helped construct “novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses” that combined “spike genes” from one MERS-related coronavirus with another MERS-related coronavirus.
The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) September 7, 2021
Many Democrats and mainstream media outlets have downplayed criticism of Fauci and the debate over the pandemic’s origins. However, the World Health Organization maintains that discovering the truth behind COVID-19 is key to preventing or reducing the impact of a similar pandemic in the future.
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