White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci had a larger part in Gain-Of-Function research, which many news outlets are now claiming is what led to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci said in a shocking report for The Australian in 2012 that “gain of function” research to boost bat viruses was worth risking a pandemic: “the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks. It is more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature.”
In 2012, Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) defended “gain-of-function” research—in which scientists extract viruses from the wild and engineer them to infect humans to study potential therapeutics such as vaccines—as research worth risking a pandemic.
“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” he wrote. “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario — however remote — should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?”
“Scientists working in this field might say—as indeed I have said—that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks,” Fauci state at the time.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Fauci last month during a Senate hearing about the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) role in conducting gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which includes purposely enhancing viruses to investigate their potential impacts better. COVID-19 may have been the result of such research.
Fauci claimed that his organization has “never” financed such research. Paul then mentioned the NIAID’s funding to the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance “to study bat-based coronaviruses in China,” which included “gain-of-function” research and was used to pay the Wuhan study. The grant recipient, according to Fauci, informed them at the time that no GOF work would be done with the funds.
The House Intelligence Committee released a report late last month that found “significant circumstantial evidence” that COVID-19 spread from a Wuhan lab leak, including “clear signs” that the U.S. government “may have funded or collaborated in Gain of Function research” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“The U.S. Government must also provide a full accounting of any American cooperation with the Wuhan lab’s coronavirus research, including the support of these projects through U.S. Government funds,” the report announced.
These facts come after Democrats, and the mainstream media attacked the theory that COVID-19 may have escaped from a lab as a “conspiracy theory” for most of the previous year. They have just recently begun to acknowledge the theory’s validity.