A recent report by Vanity Fair magazine described heavy-handed tactics and what was claimed to be a “siege mentality” at the National Institutes of Health when evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom presented the draft of an unpublished scientific paper on origins. of the COVID-19 virus he had written to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and two of his colleagues, evolutionary biologist Kristian Andersen and virologist Robert Garry.
Bloom’s article suggested the virus originated in a lab, contradicting Fauci’s stated belief. The article described a controversial exchange between a group of scientists during a Zoom call.
On FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle” Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to the Vanity Fair article and described the behavior of NIH-affiliated scientists as “more like when you see a mob don than a government bureaucrat or scientist.
“Well, this expose in Vanity Fair once again shows Dr. Fauci and his cronies, trying to suppress and block any scientists who disagree with them,” Paul said. “So there is this Jesse Bloom, who is an evolutionary virologist, who thinks that the structure of the virus indicates that it is, in all likelihood, from a laboratory. Out of courtesy, he requested a meeting with Dr. Fauci. They enter. They tell him he shouldn’t publish his diary. They say it’s a lively discussion. And then one of them says, Well, if you post it, I can do it. But I will modify it and take care of it. Let me see your paper, and I’ll take care of it.
“I mean, it’s really alarming,” he continued. “And that’s what I tried to bring out in the last committee hearing is that they will do anything. It sounds more like what you see from a mobster than a bureaucrat or a government scientist. If you disagree with him, they attack you harshly and try to suppress anyone with a different opinion. It happened to three famous epidemiologists from Stanford, Harvard and Oxford Now he’s also a scientist, they say, let’s do everything we can to try to suppress his opinion.
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