Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants answers —and he may get some this week.
According to a report from Fox News, Paul’s first hearing on gain-of-function research is set to place this week; Paul will work to get answers on the origins of COVID-19 and, possibly, track it back to the lab in Wuhan.
“Throughout this pandemic, Dr. Rand Paul has led the effort to hold government officials accountable on the status of efforts being made to combat COVID-19, and the origins of this virus that has killed over 6 million people worldwide,” a spokesperson for Paul told Fox News Digital. “This has been over a year-long process of getting Congressional Democrats to finally agree to a hearing, which will also be the first Congressional hearing on gain-of-function research. Dr. Paul looks forward to working with Subcommittee Chairwoman Hassan and hearing from expert witnesses during this critically important hearing that should’ve happened long ago.”
The hearing is set for Wednesday. On the Senate floor last week, Paul mentioned that the investigations into the origins of COVIDcould lead back to the lab in Wuhan, China.
“Gain-of-function research enhances the severity or transmissibility of existing viruses that may infect humans,” Paul said. “The dangers are so acute that from 2014-2017, the National Institutes of Health suspended funding for all gain-of-function projects… the emergence of COVID serves as a reminder that dangerous research conducted in a secretive and totalitarian country is simply too risky to fund.”
Paul also sent a letter to the Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health Lawrence A. Tabak to demand more transparency surrounding the origins of COVID.
“Of particular concern is NIH’s recent admission in Court that the agency is withholding portions of emails between employees because they ‘could be used out of context and serve to amplify the already prevalent misinformation regarding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic,'” Paul said in the letter. “This suggests NIH is censoring the information it releases to the public about the origins of the pandemic.”
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This has been over a year-long process of getting Congressional Democrats to finally agree to a hearing, which will also be the first Congressional hearing on gain-of-function research. https://t.co/XUVJeS4mrk
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 1, 2022