Dr. Paul defined “gain of function research” as described by the The Foundation for Vaccine Research (FVR), a privately funded group that seeks to increase funding for vaccine research (Letter from the Foundation to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI).
Dr. Fauci parsed his response: “We do not send money to the Wuhan Virology Institute.”
Dr. Paul: “We did. Under your tutelage, we were sending it through EcoHealth – it was a subagency and a sub-grant. Do you support that the money from NIH that was going to the Wuhan Institute?”
Fauci finally acknowledged that the NIH sent money to the Wuhan lab, saying, “Let me explain to you why that was done.”
“The SARS-CoV-1 originated in bats in China,” Fauci continued. “It would have been irresponsible of us if we did not investigate the bat viruses and the serology to see who might have been infected.”
Paul observed sending any money to the Communist Chinese government was likely a bad idea.
Infowars reported in April 2020, the NIH did in fact award a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct coronavirus gain of function research.
Additionally, the results of the US-backed gain of function research at Wuhan was published in 2017 under the heading, “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus.”