Evidence Increasingly Points to Wuhan Lab as Origin of COVID-19

With the long-awaited announcement in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated people can resume a normal life, increased attention is now focused on the origins of COVID-19, a disease that has killed an estimated 3 million people around the world.

On May 21, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced Senate Amendment 1707 which would ban the National Institutes of Health or any federal agency from funding any so-called “gain-of-function” research in China. Gain-of-function research aims to understand natural-occurring pathogens in animals by developing them into strains that would be more virulent in humans.

“We don’t know whether the pandemic started in a lab in Wuhan or evolved naturally,” stated Paul in a news release. “While Washington bureaucrats deny funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, experts believe otherwise. My amendment will ensure that this never happens in the future.”

During a May 11 Senate hearing, a testy exchange between Paul (R-Ky.) and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), revealed the degree of the mistrust and anxiety surrounding the responsibility for the pandemic’s outbreak and spread.

Addressing widespread reports that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of which NIAID is a part, funneled money to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology for gain-of-function research, Paul, a medical doctor, asked Fauci if he still supports “NIH funding for the lab in Wuhan?”  Responding, Fauci said, “Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect … the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute.”

The following day, Paul told Fox News that Fauci’s claims were “verifiably false” and that Fauci, who headed NIAID at a time when it funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab, was “worried about culpability.”

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