Dr. Fauci to Sen. Paul: I Want To Say ‘Officially’ that ‘You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About’
FAUCI: "Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you’re referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function. What was — "
PAUL: "So you — "
FAUCI: "Let me finish!"
PAUL: "So you take an animal virus and you increase the transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that’s not gain of function?"
FAUCI: "Yeah, that is correct. And Senator Paul, you do not know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about. Okay, you get one person — "
PAUL: "The NIH — "
FAUCI: "Can I answer?"
PAUL: "This is your definition that you guys wrote. It says that scientific research that increases the transmissibility among mammals is gain of function. They took animal viruses that only occur in animals and they increase their transmissibility to humans. How you can say that is not gain of function — "
FAUCI: "It is not."
PAUL: "It’s a dance and you’re dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic."