Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is refusing to answer any questions about Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases) regarding his request for information about the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH), funding for gain-of-function research.
Fauci’s explosive testimony of Jan. 11 was followed by Paul asking 11 “yes or no” questions to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
According to his office the Kentucky Republican hasn’t received a reply from Fauci since Fauci sent the questions almost three months ago.
Although Dr. Fauci has been absent the past few months, he still owes the American people answers. Paul, a doctor, said that he had submitted 11 questions (yes/no) to the Senate HELP Committee hearing. This was done to learn more about COVID-19’s history and origins.
He said that Americans should be able to see how the pandemic started, if the NIH funded dangerous gains of function research that could have contributed, and to expel Dr. Fauci for allowing this to occur.
Paul asked Fauci about the NIH’s research funding gains. He began with the grant to fund bat SARS-related coronaviruses in EcoHealth Alliance, and then he moved on to the contract to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fauci answered affirmatively to any one of the 11 questions. The Kentucky Republican then asked if Fauci was willing to retract his false testimony before the Senate HELP Committee.
At the Senate HELP Committee’s latest appearance, Paul and Fauci engaged in a heated argument. They also exchanged personal insults.
Paul, a fierce critic of Fauci, accused Fauci’s director at NIAID, conspiring to smear Stanford, Harvard, Oxford and Oxford doctors with positions that were not his.