Anthony Fauci lied about gain-of-function on Wednesday during a heated argument with Senator Rand Paul. (Who is a doctor.)
Did you know that it is a felony to lie to Congress and can result in a prison term? Well, Anthony Fauci lied about gain-of-function when he got into a heated debate with Rand Paul regarding the gain-of-function research that NIH was involved in in the Wuhan Lab.
That’s a lot. Let’s go over all of that.
First, what is gain of function research? This is the hot topic that Fauci is trying to lie about.
Gain-of-function research is medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases pathogenesis, transmissibility, or host range. This research is intended to reveal targets to better predict emerging infectious diseases and to develop vaccines and therapeutics.
A paper published in 2015, co-authored by Dr. Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the Wuhan lab known for her work with bats, proved that the NIH-funded studies on increasing the transmissibility of animal viruses to humans.
Using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system2, we generated and characterized a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone. The results indicate that group 2b viruses encoding the SHC014 spike in a wild-type backbone can efficiently use multiple orthologs of the SARS receptor human angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE2), replicate efficiently in primary human airway cells and achieve in vitro titers equivalent to epidemic strains of SARS-CoV.
What does that mean?
The researchers took SARS-CoV viruses and mutated them to the point they could replicate in the human airway. Which is gain-of-function research.
Are we sure they’re from Wuhan?
Yes. Further in the research paper, we find this line Pseudotyping experiments were similar to those using an HIV-based pseudovirus, prepared as previously described10, and examined on HeLa cells (Wuhan Institute of Virology) that expressed ACE2 orthologs.
- Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, ChinaXing-Yi Ge & Zhengli-Li Shi
Senator Paul questioned Fauci regarding his statements at the May 11 Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
“On May 11, you stated that NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Paul said. He claimed that gain-of-function research — which could, in theory, enhance the transmissibility of a virus — was performed in the lab and referred to an academic paper by a Chinese scientist, which he then asked to be entered into the record and for a copy to be given to Fauci.
Fauci, the director of the NIH and a top medical adviser to President Biden, was asked if he wanted to retract the statement denying that the NIH funded research at the lab.
â€œSenator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement. This paper that youâ€™re referring to was judged by qualified staff, up and down the chain, as not being gain-of-function,â€ Fauci answered at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
â€œThey took animal viruses that only occur in animals and they increased their transmissibility to humans,â€ Paul said, referring to scientists at the Wuhan lab.
Which is gain-of-function research.
You can check out our older articles about Covid and Fauci.
Senator Paul has not only called out Fauci for lying to Congress but has called on the Department of Justice to investigate the matter and says he will be submitting a criminal complaint to the DOJ. Something that is long overdue.
We at Offensively Patriotic will continue to say no to the Fauci Ouchie.