Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said his agency did not provide funds into research on risky "gain of function" research into coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect," Fauci said in response. "The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology."
Fauci then said that the doctor mentioned in reports doesn't conduct such research—known as function research—as the two continued to argue. Fauci noted that the NIH did provide funding to a project at the Wuhan lab, but it was not for "gain of function" research designed to create super viruses.
Later, Paul asked if Fauci could “categorically say that the COVID-19 could not have occurred through serial passage in a laboratory?"
"I do not have any accounting of what the Chinese may have done,” Fauci said in response, adding that he is “fully in favor of any further investigation of what went on in China.”
“I don’t favor gain-of-function research in China and you are saying things that are not correct,” Fauci also remarked.
"EcoHealth Alliance has long partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in researching bat coronaviruses and [EcoHealth Alliance] is the only U.S. partner of the WIV’s eight international cohorts," the Energy Committee Republicans wrote in a news release in April. "Additionally, [EcoHealth Alliance] has shared some of the funding it has received from the National Institutes of Health with the WIV for several years."
EcoHealth Alliance has maintained that a Wuhan lab leak isn't the cause of the CCP virus pandemic.
Their letter further alleged that it possesses a database that “is estimated to contain [information on] 500 coronaviruses identified by EHA, and at least 100 unpublished sequences of bat beta coronaviruses that are relevant to the investigation of the SARS-CoV-2 origin.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is located just a few miles from where the first COVID-19 outbreak was said to have been detected.