On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed an amendment proposed by Senator rand Paul which bans the funding of dangerous gain-of-function research in China. Gain-of-function research involves deliberately manipulating viruses to make them more contagious and dangerous in humans.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“Gain-of-function research, where we take a deadly virus, sometimes much more deadly than COVID, and then we increase its transmissibility to mammals is wrong,” Paul said when introducing the amendment. “Any gain-of-function research should not be funded in China with U.S. taxpayer dollars, and I recommend a yes vote.”
The amendment comes two weeks after Paul confronted Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate hearing, pressing the infectious disease expert on whether the National Institutes of Health was funding gain-of-function research in China.
“Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?” Paul asked.
“Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect — that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Fauci responded.
Cheers erupted in the Senate chamber after unanimously approving the amendment.
Watch it HERE.