Fans of Dr. Fauci are dropping like flies as more and more information about COVID-19 and its origin becomes public knowledge. Even Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin is siding with Sen. Rand Paul over the expert virologist who’s repeatedly been wrong about responding to the virus.
After Dr. Fauci and Sen. Paul had another heated exchange over allegations NIH helped fund dangerous gain-of-function research with the Wuhan Institute WaPo’s Josh Rogin took to Twitter to clear some things up.
Hey guys, @RandPaul was right and Fauci was wrong. The NIH was funding gain of function research in Wuhan but NIH pretended it didn't meet their "gain of function" definition to avoid their own oversight mechanism. SorryNotSorry if that doesn't fit your favorite narrative.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) July 20, 2021
Fox News reports:
In May, in response to the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman, an NIAID spokesman adamantly denied again that the agency had funded gain-of-function but also acknowledged it wasn’t sure what the Wuhan Institute of Virology was up to at all times.
“WIV is a Chinese institution which we assume has multiple sources of funding,” the spokesman said. “It is impossible for us to be aware of nor can we account for all of their activities. We anticipate that those activities will be further investigated as stated by [the World Health Organization]. We can only speak to our relationship with them. As stated, at no time did NIAID fund gain-of-function research to be conducted at WIV.”Rogin blasted science journalists and other media members in May for their about-face on the lab-leak theory in the past few months, saying they were engaging in “bulls–t naval-gazing.”
In an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast in April, Rogin said Fauci may have reinstated gain-of-function research after the Obama administration put a pause on the risky research in 2014. Rogin also reported on U.S. State Department cables in 2018 raising security concerns about the Wuhan lab.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has tried to tiptoe around allegations NIH gave any money to fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan by twisting the definition.