Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has strongly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, predicting that history will not look kindly upon it. In an interview with Fox News Digital, Senator Paul said Dr. Fauci should face imprisonment for allegedly misleading Congress about the pandemic’s origins and severity.
Paul accused Dr. Fauci of covering up the virus’s origins, stating that his actions would be remembered as one of the most egregious public health decisions. He highlighted inconsistencies between Dr. Fauci’s public statements and private emails, particularly concerning the funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This type of research involves genetically modifying microbes to enhance their capabilities, potentially increasing the transmissibility of diseases.
The National Review detailed these allegations in a September 2023 article, revealing that the National Institutes of Health funded research at the Wuhan lab. Senator Paul pointed to an email from January 27th, 2020, as evidence of Dr. Fauci’s knowledge of this research.
Concerns were also raised by Representative Brad Wenstrup, chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on the Pandemic of Coronaviruses, about Dr. Fauci’s failure to recall crucial early pandemic decisions during his recent testimony.
The official death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. stands at 1.1 million. However, some nurses and Americans have alleged on social media that hospitals were instructed to list COVID-19 as a cause of death on death certificates, even if the virus was not the primary cause of death. This has led to questions about the accuracy of the reported death rates. Although a fact-checking website reported that hospitals don’t receive more money for listing COVID-19 as a cause of death, they do receive increased Medicare payments for COVID-19 diagnoses.
Senator Paul concluded by reiterating that lying to Congress is a felony and accused Dr. Fauci of committing this offense. He emphasized that Fauci had an opportunity to correct his statements but chose not to, leading to continued attempts to deflect blame. Paul insists that these actions constitute a felony and should be treated as such.