SAID DR. Anthony Fauci admitted he wasn’t sure Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology kept their word and avoided using U.S. funds to conduct so-called “gain-of-function” experiments that could be the cause. in the Covid-19 outbreak.
“There’s no way to guarantee that,” Republican Senator John Kennedy, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a hearing of the Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday.
The reception came the same day Fauci insisted that the $ 600,000 donated by Wuhan Institute of Virology for the U.S. for a cooperative study by “respected” scientists on how coronaviruses are transmitted to humans.
The lab is known to experiment with coronavirus bats and developed infectious hybrid varieties for experiments.
It also came on the same day that Pres. Joe Biden announced that intelligence agencies would be created “redouble their efforts” to determine if Covid-19 jumped from a host animal to humans or if it was accidentally released from a lab in Wuhan, China.
A report will be submitted to him after 90 days.
Critical to the findings is to determine whether the Wuhan lab used the $ 600,000 spent by The National Institutes of Health in a five-year study to determine if bats can transmit coronaviruses to humans. , which was initially believed by many to be how the Covid-19 pandemic began.
China and the lab continue to deny allegations of possible leaks.
Various theories have speculated about the spread of the coronavirus in a Wuhan wet market horse or a person contacted “by an intermediary class such as pangolins.”
Fauci tried to explain to the Louisiana congressman that when it comes to funding scientific research there is trust being forged at a later date.
He added: “In our experience with grantees, including Chinese grantees, with whom we have been talking for a long time, they are competent, reliable scientists.”
Gain-of-Function research can be understood to improve the “ability of a pathogen to cause disease” in humans, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.
Kennedy asked: “Here’s where I got it: You gave them money, and you said, ‘Don’t do research to get a profit.'”
Fauci acknowledged that his assessment was “correct”.
Kennedy then confirmed that scientists would keep their word.
Fauci agrees again.
“And you have no way of knowing if they did or not, unless you trust them. Is that right, ”Kennedy asked.
In defense, Fauci tried to say that “we were always trusted” by fellow scientists or in this case grantees doing the research.
But Kennedy was not satisfied.
“Have you ever had a false giver to you,” he asked Fauci.
“I can’t guarantee that a provider didn’t lie to us because you didn’t know,” Fauci said.
The exchange came a week after GOP congressional members, led by Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, releases a report on China’s possible cover -up of coronavirus sources.
The report said there remained “substantial evidence without cause that raises serious concerns that the Covid-19 outbreak could be a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Based on its conclusion on China’s check history with infections that led to the infiltration of the research lab, diplomatic cables from 2017 warned the Wuhan lab that “endangered research on coronaviruses … that endanger accidental outbreak of a pandemic, “China’s military involvement in the lab, many researchers became ill with Covid-19 symptoms in the fall of 2019,” and evidence of China’s efforts to “cover up real conditions ”of attack.
Other Republicans joined a choir at the request Fauci to be removed as the main head of Biden’s coronavirus.
Rep. Warren Davidson, of Ohio, spoke fox: “Dr. Fauci is against the Centers for Disease Control. He has always put political science before Covid-19 science.”
Pennsylvania congressman Guy Reschenthaler said Fauci was “incompatible” with the whole disease, saying he was “mistaken, deliberately deceived, and incompatible with the whole pandemic.”
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Kennedy told Fauci that he was convinced that Chinese leader Pres. Xi Jinping is over -overseeing the World Health Organization and that they are not a reliable authority.
He told Fauci: “Can we agree that if you take President Xi Jinping and turn and shake, the World Health Organization will fall out of his pocket?”
But Fauci did not participate.
“I don’t think I can answer that question, sir. I’m sorry. “