Mr Paul said this to welcome Fox News Sean Hannity after Dr Fauci answered questions during a hearing held Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the pandemic of Covid. Their exchange intensified as Dr. Fauci testified.
Mr Paul accused Dr Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of lying to Congress, a belief he still holds.
“I will send a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he lied to Congress. We have scientists who will line up by the dozen to say that the research he was funding was a gain of function, ”Mr. Paul said, referring to an accusation that the United States government provided funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, from which some believe Covid has escaped into the world.
He continued, “He is doing this because he has a personal interest in covering his tracks and covering his connection with the Wuhan lab. “
Gain of function refers to research carried out by scientists on a virus with the aim of developing vaccines and other medical tools.
During the Senate hearing on July 20, Dr Fauci became increasingly frustrated with Mr Paul, telling the senator he was misinformed on the subject in question.
“Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say it officially. You don’t know what you’re talking about… If anyone is lying here, it’s you, ”he said.
He replied: “This is a model that Senator Paul has done now in several hearings based on no reality.” He spoke of gain of function, this has been evaluated on several occasions by qualified people so as not to fall under the definition of gain of function. I didn’t lie to Congress. I never lied. Certainly not before Congress. Case closed. “
Dr Fauci also warned of the Delta variant currently sweeping the country. He said 80% of cases were considered the new strain first identified in India, before pointing out that being fully vaccinated prevented death and hospitalization by 90%.
Many conservative figures have pushed the idea that the coronavirus had been released from a laboratory in Wuhan since the early days of the pandemic in 2020.
In May, President Joe Biden ordered a new investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, as federal intelligence agencies said they were unable to conclusively prove where it came from, despite a previous investigation joint between the World Health Organization and China excluding the laboratory theory. .
The Covid has so far caused the deaths of more than 4 million people worldwide. Based on data from le New York Times, more than 609,000 of those deaths were residents of the United States.