Fauci Lied People Died T-Shirt. White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul got into a heated exchange at a Tuesday morning Senate hearing after Paul accused Fauci of lying to Congress as Paul believes the National Institutes of Health funded a Wuhan, China, lab that contributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paul, R-Ky., referred to a May meeting Congress had with Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci said the NIH did not fund a gain-of-function project, which includes increasing the transmissibility of viruses, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
On May 19, the NIH said in a statement it had supported previous grants to better understand viruses in bats and mammals but had never approved a grant that would make COVID-19 more transmissible and lethal.
However, Paul insisted the research was funded by the NIH.
“Dr. Fauci, as you’re aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress,” Paul said. “On May 11, you stated that the NIH has not ever, and does not now fund gain-of-function research and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. And yet, gain-of-function research was done entirely in the Wuhan Institute … and was funded by NIH.”