Rand Paul Grills Fauci on Acquiring Function: You’ve changed the definition to ‘Cover Your Ass’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday rejected Dr. Anthony Fauci for refusing to acknowledge that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research into the acquisition of the function, and has openly told the White House chief medical adviser that the NIH has changed. definition on the website “try to cover your ass.”

During a Senate committee hearing on health, education, work, and pensions, Paul made it clear that he did not expect Fauci to admit to approving a survey of gaining office in Wuhan. However, he said Fauci’s repeated denials were “worn out”.

“And most Americans, frankly, don’t believe you,” he said.

“Even the NIH now acknowledges that the EcoHealth Alliance in Wuhan conducted experiments that created viruses that could not be found in nature and actually gained in mortality. The facts are clear, ”Paul said. “The NIH has funded research into the acquisition of office in Wuhan despite your protests.”

“You can deny anything you want, but even the Chinese authors of the article acknowledge in their article that viruses were created that are not found in nature, and yes, they have gained on contagion,” he said, telling Fauci that his “persistent “” denials are not only a stain on your reputation, but are a clear and present threat to the country and the world. “

Paul said this is important because such research could trigger an even more severe pandemic in the future – one with a mortality rate significantly higher than the one percent we see now with the Chinese coronavirus.

Paul said:

They are experimenting with viruses whose mortality is between 15 and 50 percent. Yes, our civilization could be threatened by one of these viruses. This is incredibly risky. Experiments combining unknown viruses with coronaviruses with as much as 15% mortality could threaten a civilization as we know it. But you are sitting here and you are not ready to take any responsibility for the pandemic and you are not ready to take action to prevent research into the acquisition of functions from triggering a deadly virus.

Despite knowing the risks, Paul said Fauci continues to “mislead” the U.S. public and support research in Wuhan.

“You keep saying you trust Chinese scientists. You don’t seem to have learned anything from this pandemic. Will you finally take some responsibility today to fund research into the acquisition of office in Wuhan? ”He asked.

Fauci vehemently denied Paul’s accusations and called the acquisition of the function a “nebulous term”.

“Not us, but the external authorities, have spent a lot of effort to pinpoint the type of research that could lead to a dangerous situation. You are aware of that, ”Fauci said before Paul intervened.

“We are aware that you have deleted the feature acquisition from the NIH website,” Paul snapped, while Fauci continued to walk through the bush, declining to admit:

The guidelines are very, very clear that you need to deal with a pathogen that is clearly displayed and is very likely to be highly transmitted in an uncontrolled way in humans and to have a high morbidity and mortality rate, and do it. attempts to improve this, hence the word EPPP, increased pathogens,

This prompted Paula to question the EcoHealth Alliance, which experimented with the virus and created one, “which does not exist in nature and has made mice even sicker.”

“You say this isn’t a job acquisition survey,” he said, resenting Fauci for changing the definition to cover up his “ass”.

You are simply saying that it does not exist because you have changed the definition on the NIH website. It’s awful and you’re completely trying to avoid the idea that you should do something to prevent a pandemic from leaking out of the lab. And what you did was she changed the definition on her site to try to cover her ass, basically. You’ve done that, you’ve changed the website to change the definition, which doesn’t include the risky research that’s going on. Until you admit it’s risky, we’re not going to get anywhere. You have to admit that this research was risky. The NIH has blamed them now, your own agency has blamed them. You still don’t want to admit that they gained in function when they say they got sicker. They gained in mortality. It’s a new virus. This is not an acquisition of function?

“By definition, which is currently working,” Fauci began, making Paul laugh.

Fauci continued:

You know, Senator, let’s make it clear to the people who are listening. The current definition was carried out over a three-year period by external bodies, including the NSABB, two conferences of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, September 2014, March 2016. An external risk / benefit assessment was commissioned in January 2016. 2017. Office of Science and Technology policy, the White House has issued the current policy.

“Until you accept responsibility, we will not get anywhere to prevent a new laboratory leak from this dangerous experiment. You will not admit that it is dangerous. And because of that lack of judgment, I think it’s time for you to resign, ”Paul added, sending the statement straight to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and to the face of the chief health adviser.

See the full exchange below:

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