Fauci flip flops during Congress grilling: Ex-White House doctor ducks more than 100 questions about Covid and admits he approved risky Wuhan coronavirus research proposal without reading it

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  • House GOP said Fauci’s pandemic policies full of drastic and systemic failures
  • He ‘backtracked’ on past claims his agency never funded gain of function abroad
  • READ MORE:  Fauci grilled by Congress during two marathon 7-hour sessions

Dr Anthony Fauci evaded more than 100 questions about Covid, the lab leak theory and his ties to Wuhan during a landmark Congressional hearing Monday.

House Republicans who quizzed the ex-White House advisor said he ‘played semantics’ with the definition of risky ‘gain of function’ research on dangerous viruses to avoid conceding that he funded dangerous research in China that is feared to have started the pandemic.

Dr Fauci, 82, also admitted that he signed off on millions of dollars worth of grants without reviewing the proposals and could not confirm that the agency he headed up provided crucial oversight of the foreign labs his former agency bankrolled.

The all-day probe on Monday will be followed by another seven hours of questioning behind closed doors on Tuesday.

Fauci is accused of concealing his role in funding potentially deadly experiments believed to have started the pandemic and suppressing scientific opinions differing from the mainsteam that argued all signs point to the cause being leak from such labs, not animal-to-human spillover.   

Dr Fauci’s closed-door testimony is expected to get heated as previous hearings have. In the past, Dr Fauci has clashed with lawmakers including Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky over his perceived coverup of funding for gain of function research as well as the Covid lab leak theory

Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, who is heading up the hearings, said: ‘Dr Fauci’s testimony today uncovered drastic and systemic failures in America’s public health systems.

‘Clearly, the American people and the United States government are operating with completely different expectations about the responsibilities of our public health leaders and the accountability of our public health agencies.’

According to House Select Committee on Coronavirus, Dr Fauci denied remembering key details of the response ‘more than 100 times’. 

The GOP also said he backtracked on his earlier insistence that the US did not fund experiments that could make viruses more transmissible or dangerous, known as ‘gain of function’ research.

Dr Fauci’s marathon testimony has been a long time coming. The House subcommittee on the coronavirus compelled him to appear before members nearly a year ago, but the finer details were only finalized late last year.

Congress, particularly Republicans, have criticized Dr Fauci’s policies to tamp down the spread of Covid in the early days, including flip flopping advice on masks and school and business closures.

Since his last appearance in front of Congress more than a year ago, it has been revealed that Dr Fauci oversaw the approval of risky research on coronaviruses in China and signed off on grants worth millions of dollars.

EcoHealth Alliance- a controversial New York research group research organization run by British scientist Peter Daszak – helped disperse a huge chunk of that grant money. 

The organization was awarded $8million in NIH grants between 2014 and 2021, which it subcontracted to research facilities.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, where reserachers perform gain of function research on coronaviruses, got more than $3million of that money for a project titled: Understanding The Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence’.

In December 2022, Dr Andrew Huff, the former vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, became a whistleblower and said he believed grant funding provided to the organization by the NIH was linked to the ‘creation of SARS-CoV-2.’

Dr Huff claimed the pandemic was the result of the US government funding of dangerous genetic engineering of coronaviruses in China.

Meanwhile, Fauci apparently backtracked on his earlier claims that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, which he ran from 1984 to 2022, never allocated government money to risky virus research. 

He had insisted to Senators last summer that his former department ‘has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.’

Yet, recently publicized emails dated February 1, 2020 showed Fauci acknowledged that ‘scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine that molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan.’

New emails dated February 1, 2020 show Fauci acknowledged that 'scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine that molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan'

New emails dated February 1, 2020 show Fauci acknowledged that ‘scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine that molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan’

He was also unable to confirm if the NIAID has protocols in place to provide the proper oversight of the labs overseas that receive federal dollars.

Rep Wenstrup said: ‘While leading the nation’s COVID-19 response and influencing public narratives, he simultaneously had no idea what was happening under his own jurisdiction at NIAID.

‘Dr Fauci signed off on all domestic and foreign research grants without reviewing the proposals and admitted that he was unaware if NIAID conducted oversight of the laboratories they fund.’

Lawmakers had compiled hundreds of pages of questions for the former White House medical advisor before going into Monday

The transcript of Dr Fauci’s first day of testimony has not been made publicly available, but given the tense tenor of past hearings before congressional committees, the meetings on Monday and Tuesday are expected to become heated.

Rep Wenstrup said: ‘I look forward to asking Dr. Fauci further questions about mandates, his role in prompting the “Proximal Origin” publication, and his policy positions related to masks and lockdowns. 

 ‘[Tuesday’s] testimony will continue the Select Subcommittee’s effort to deliver the answers Americans demand and deserve.’

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