Rand Paul vindicated: government agency says lab leak likely origin of COVID

In November 2021, Sen. Rand Paul asked White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate hearing if the National Institutes of Health supported gain of function research in Wuhan, China.

Fauci staunchly denied the funding and Paul’s lab leak theory as it pertained to the origins of COVID19.

“It makes me very uncomfortable to have to say something, but he is egregiously incorrect in what he says,” Fauci said of Paul.

The New York Times reported on Sunday, “New intelligence has prompted the Energy Department to conclude that an accidental laboratory leak in China most likely caused the coronavirus pandemic, though U.S. spy agencies remain divided over the origins of the virus, American officials said on Sunday.”

“The conclusion was a change from the department’s earlier position that it was undecided on how the virus emerged,” the report continued.

It’s not just the Energy Department that has now come to this conclusion.

The Times added, “In addition to the Energy Department, the F.B.I. has also concluded, with moderate confidence, that the virus first emerged accidentally from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese lab that worked on coronaviruses.”

Paul grilled Fauci at multiple hearings over the origins of COVID and whether the NIH-funded Wuhan lab could have been the culprit. At each turn, Fauci denied the possibility and accused Paul of being dishonest in his questioning.

The establishment media more often accused Paul or the Right of targeting Fauci rather than following up on the validity of the senator’s claims. A May 2021 Washington Post fact-check gave Paul’s claims “two Pinocchios.”
Paul wrote in a November 2021 op-ed, “Why so many machinations and word manipulations? Because ultimately, we’re talking about culpability here. NIH, under Dr. Fauci’s tutelage, funded research in Wuhan that used recombinant genetics to merge unknown bat coronaviruses with a known pandemic pathogen, the SARS virus.”

“The American people deserve to know how this pandemic started, to know if the NIH funded research that may have caused this pandemic, and to remove from office anyone, such as Dr. Fauci, who let this happen,” he added.
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