Fauci Defends Funding Wuhan Lab; Not Doing So Would Have Been ‘Negligent’

'It was a peer-reviewed proposal...and given a very high rating for the importance of why it should be done...'

Coronavirus czar Dr. Anthony Fauci defended funding China’s virus research lab and claimed it would have been “negligent” not to support its research, even though several experts believe the Wuhan lab was conducting dangerous experiments that may have produced COVID-19.

When asked why the National Institutes of Health sent grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology through a third party organization, Fauci claimed the work Wuhan’s scientists were doing was necessary and “highly regarded.”

“If you go back to when this research really started and look at the scientific rationale for it, it was a peer-reviewed proposal…and given a very high rating for the importance of why it should be done,” he told CNN.

 “It was very regulated. It was reviewed. It was given progress reports. It was published in the open literature,” Fauci continued. “So, I think if you look at the ultimate back rationale, why that was started, it was almost as if you didn’t pursue that research, you would be negligent because we were trying to find out how to prevent this from happening again.”

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

However, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has argued that the Wuhan lab’s research was not being regulated, and that it was much more dangerous than Fauci has said.

He cited a 2017 scientific paper during a congressional hearing last week that proved Dr. Shi Zhengling, the head researcher at the WIV, was building new viruses to see how they would react with human cells.

Fauci claimed this research did not qualify as “gain-of-function,” which, if it did, would mean that Fauci lied under oath in May when he denied that the NIH had ever funded “gain-of-function” research in Wuhan.

“I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci said to Paul. “This paper that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Other critics have pointed out that Wuhan’s lab should not have been trusted given its connection to the Chinese Communist Party.

Several reports have confirmed that Wuhan’s scientists worked closely with the Chinese military since at least 2017.

- Advertisement -


Campus Free Speech Rankings: Over 80% of Students Self-Censor Their Viewpoints

(TheFire.org) Prospective students who want to make sure that their free expression will be protected should consider Claremont McKenna College or the University of...

Maricopa Co. Supervisor Secretly Criticized Colleagues Who Opposed 2020 Election Audit

(Headline USA) A Republican official in Arizona resigned Tuesday from the board overseeing Maricopa County after a recording emerged of him criticizing his GOP colleagues...

House Dems Pass Bill to Suspend Debt Limit for Socialist Spending Spree

(Associated Press) The House voted to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes...

Trump Sues New York Times, His Niece for $100 Million Over ‘Personal Vendetta’ Against Him

(Associated Press) Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and the New York Times over a 2018 story about his family's...

White House Faces Bipartisan Backlash Over Border Crisis

(Associated Press) The White House is facing sharp condemnation from Democrats for its handling of the influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. southern...

Biden’s Economy is Worse than Global Economic Experts Expected

(Casey Harper, The Center Square) – A major international economic forecasting group has now lowered its optimism about a U.S. rebound from the COVID-19...

Texas Ups Funding to Combat Smuggling, Drugs Coming Across the Border

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday the state will allocate an additional $100 million to enhance Operation Lone...

John Kerry’s Wife Has Millions of Dollars Invested in China

Climate change envoy John Kerry’s wife has millions of dollars in Chinese investments through her family’s trust, according to government documents. Kerry disclosed the investments...

Texas Troopers Helped Get Control of the Border as Biden Admin Sat By

The Texas state troopers sent to the southern border by Gov. Greg Abbott are the reason law enforcement has been able to get a...
- Advertisement -