Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci in a Senate hearing on Tuesday, implying that Dr. Fauci lied to Congress when he said that the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) never funded gain-of-function research in China.
Fox News reported that Paul cited a research paper focused on bat coronaviruses in China that allegedly showed American money funding that exact research. If true, this would mean that Dr. Fauci previously lied to Congress about NIAID research.
“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci countered. “You do not know what you are talking about quite frankly and I want to say that officially.”
The Daily Caller elaborated on US grants to the lab in Wuhan on Tuesday.
The accusations traded between Paul and Fauci continue to drum up controversy about alleged responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic, which left over 600,000 Americans dead. An estimated 4 million have died worldwide.
Though Paul denied implicating Fauci in causing the pandemic, Dr. Fauci added that it is scientifically impossible that research in the Wuhan lab could have caused the pandemic.
“You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual[s], I totally resent that and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you,” Fauci stated.
The Tuesday Senate hearing placed a focus on the path out of the pandemic. But health officials are now cautioning against getting back to normal given the alleged danger of the new Delta variant.
Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who served under President Trump, weighed in:
The sobering news that you’ve already heard of is the fact that we are not challenged with a very difficult and problematic variant referred to as the Delta variant,” Fauci offered. “The fact is that, however… is that our vaccines… are very effective against this variant.”
Watch the full exchange here: