Scientists who are skeptical of chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci’s proclamations about the coronavirus pandemic don’t want to go public with their concerns for fear it will affect their funding, Sen. Rand Paul claimed Tuesday.
“He’s been there for 40 years, probably 39 years too long, but he controls all the funding, so people are deathly afraid of him,” Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told “Fox News Primetime” of Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.
“I get letters from scientists all the time. You can find them. They’re very distrustful of what he’s saying,” Paul added. “They don’t think he’s making sense. They don’t think he’s reading the science accurately, but they’re afraid to speak out because many of them are university scientists and they depend on NIH [National Institutes of Health] funds, and to cross him means it’s the last money you’ll ever get.”
Paul is among Fauci’s most fervent critics on Capitol Hill and the senator clashed with the Brooklyn-born virologist again earlier Tuesday over the issue of whether NIH funded so-called “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
And with his latest interview, Fauci didn’t help himself, he either made a gaffe or had a Freudian slip!
Dr.Fauci referred to earlier COVID strains as “prototypes”
Here’s the definition of what is a prototype:
A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users.
Dr. Fauci and the National Institutes of Health are facing scrutiny from Republican members of Congress and others over grant money paid to a lab in Wuhan, China in the early 2000s, as scientists increasingly question whether COVID-19 emerged from the lab.
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