On Tuesday, the Senate chamber busted out in cheers after they unanimously passed Senator Rand Paul’s amendment that banned the United States from using taxpayer money to fund gain-of-function research in China.
The Daily Wire reports: “Senate Amendment 2003, which was added to the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act, bans the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and any other U.S. agency from funding any Chinese gain-of-function research, which is a form of study that attempts to render pathogens more infectious and lethal. Paul’s amendment joined another introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that permanently prohibits U.S. funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“We may never know whether the pandemic arose from the lab in Wuhan, but we do know that so far no intermediate animal host has been discovered,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “Thousands of animals at the wet market have been looked at, none of them have carried COVID-19. We’ve tried to infect COVID-19 into bats, it doesn’t grow well in bats. It seems most adapted and suitable for humans.”
“We may not know whether this rose out of a Wuhan lab, but I think gain-of-function research — where we take a deadly virus, sometimes much more deadly than COVID, and then we increase its transmissibility to mammals — is wrong. In 2014, NIH stopped all of this research. I’m using the same definition to say any gain-of-function research should not be funded in China with U.S. taxpayer dollars, and I recommend a yes vote,” Paul continued.
SENATE: The Senate chamber erupts into cheers after an amendment proposed by @RandPaul that bans US funding of gain-of-function research in China is passed by unanimous voice vote pic.twitter.com/8fQ6hAWpuW
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Paul and other Republicans have been aggressively trying to get to the bottom of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and they have set their sights on Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Last week, House Intel Republicans led by Representative Devin Nunes dropped a bombshell report claiming the United States, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, funded dangerous research in China relating to the coronavirus which may have escaped from a Wuhan lab according to many experts.
“House Intelligence Committee Republicans released a report on the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday and pointed the finger directly at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, arguing there is “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” supporting the hypothesis COVID-19 originated in the lab,” reported the Washington Times.
The report notes:
“Possible U.S. Funding of Gain of Function Research in China
Under the leadership of Dr. Anthony Fauci, 19 between Fiscal Years 2014 and 2019, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) awarded more than $3.7 million in grants to EcoHealth Alliance to examine the “risk of future coronavirus (CoV) emergence[s]…in China.”20 EcoHealth Alliance has also reportedly received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).21 The President of EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Peter Daszak, has been an outspoken opponent of the lab leak hypothesis since the outbreak of the pandemic.22 Dr. Daszak was the only American scientist to participate in the WHO’s 28-day investigation into the origins of COVID-19.23.
Officials from both the Trump and Biden administrations have said the Chinese government worked for over a year to thwart an independent investigation into the origins of the virus. Both administrations cast doubt on the manner in which a joint study from China and the World Health Organization was conducted earlier this year. Though the WHO-China report said a jump from animals to humans was most likely, numerous Trump officials have pointed to an accidental escape from the Wuhan lab as a highly plausible, or the most likely, origin for the pandemic.
Led by Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the 21-page Republican report, In Focus: COVID-19 and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, laid out what the congressmen saw as the case for considering a leak from a Wuhan lab.”
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