Rand Paul is Working to Get to the Bottom of Gain-of-Function Research

During the height of COVID-19, one issue that repeatedly materialized during debates is gain-of-function research.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), amid various congressional hearings, got into back-and-forths with White House COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci over the latter’s alleged involvement in funding this research via the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Fauci initially claimed the (NIH) never had a role in funding gain-of-function research. Although later remarks from the NIH conveyed a very different story.

Ultimately, there are still a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions regarding this research and the source(s) of its funding. These are issues that Paul is now working to get to the bottom of.

A New Panel to Probe Gain-of-Function Research
The Kentucky congressman will be a leading member of a panel to investigate COVID-19’s true origins, along with whether or not America funded gain-of-function research to increase the infectious nature of coronavirus.

This panel will ultimately oversee a hearing about what was learned from COVID-19 and how the country can now move forward. Various health, science, and medical officials will also be present to share evidence that the virus leaked from a lab.

In a recent statement, Paul also pointed out gain-of-function research’s historical ties to taxpayer dollars. The congressman was clear that this issue goes beyond health and also calls for a review of how federal funds are being used.

Lies From the Federal Government?
Paul, in past congressional hearings with Fauci, has accused the world-famous bureaucrat of being dishonest about whether or not America truly funded gain-of-function research.

At one point, the Republican senator even contacted the Department of Justice, calling for the agency to penalize Fauci for being untruthful about funding for this research.

Fauci faces accusations from Paul and others of not only lying about gain-of-function research, but also about the lab leak theory.

Meanwhile, various studies mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and Nature Magazine have signified COVID-19 could have very well been manipulated to be more infectious amongst humans.

The information discovered by the panel that’s currently reviewing gain-of-research funding could play a role in the work of GOP members aiming to separately investigate Fauci’s response to COVID-19.