By: John Semmens
While testifying under oath at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing last May, Dr. Anthony Fauci, world’s most trusted expert on viral diseases, categorically denied that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had ever funded “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. This was in spite of the fact that Fauci is a big supporter of gain of function research “because the knowledge we could obtain is well worth the risk of setting off a pandemic that could kill millions of people.”
This week the NIH confirmed that funds it provided to Peter Daszak at EcoHealth Alliance did, in fact, make their way to the Wuhan Institute where it helped fund gain-of-function research. The “function” to be gained in this research was to convert viruses that only infect animals to become capable of infecting humans in order to facilitate germ warfare. The decision to route funds for research to China was necessary because President Obama had banned such research in the United States because of the danger posed by a possible failure to contain the deadly virus concoction within the experimental laboratory. The current coronavirus pandemic was caused when the pathogen escaped from the Wuhan Lab in late 2019.
Fauci excused his dishonesty, calling it “a necessary deception. If the general public were to reach the conclusion that human manipulation of viruses to make them suitable for bioweapons is a bad thing our ability to control the policies needed to combat the contagion would never have gained traction. Scientists like myself would have been viewed as monsters worthy of punishment rather than credible health advisors. Who knows what horrors might have resulted if I hadn’t had the opportunity to guide US policy on lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and vaccines. As for Sen. Paul’s charge that people have died because I lied, I plead justifiable homicide.”