Dr Anthony Fauci tried to prank his critics as the White House’s chief medical adviser said he was the one who developed the ancestral strain of Chinese coronavirus.
Fauci made the remarks during an appearance at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle this week to receive the Hutch Award, which is usually reserved for “an active MLB player who” best exemplifies the fighting spirit and desire to competition “” by former MLB pitcher Fred Hutchinson, who died of lung cancer, according to MLB.
During the discussion, Dr. Larry Corey, former president of Fred Hutch, remarked, “We are at the epicenter of the initial outbreak, WA1 – Washington 1 is considered the ancestral model strain.”
“No, I developed the ancestral model strain,” Fauci said, prompting wild laughter. “I created it.”
“That’s right, you dropped it,” Corey replied.
“I was in my kitchen and I…” Fauci continued before Corey cracked a joke about gain-of-function research.
Republican National Committee (RNC) research shared the clip, expressing disgust.
“Top Biden science adviser Anthony Fauci jokes and laughs about the origins of COVID and gain-of-function research,” he remarked:
Biden’s science adviser Anthony Fauci jokes and laughs about origins of COVID and gain-of-function research pic.twitter.com/JIKzJpAPeY
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 10, 2022
Indeed, Fauci is at war with key Republican lawmakers over the origins of the virus, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Despite Fauci’s denials, a letter from the NIH makes it clear that the organization awarded a grant to EcoHealth Alliance, which was then sub-awarded to the Wuhan lab. In 2018 and 2019, the lab tested “whether spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were able to bind to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model,” Breitbart News detailed.
Fauci has remained steadfast, refusing to admit any lies about NIH funding for gain-of-function research. On the contrary, he clearly supported changing the definition of gain of function instead — a move that drew serious questions from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
“What you did was change the definition on your website to try and cover your ass, basically. That’s what you did, you changed the website to change the definition that doesn’t include ongoing risky research,” Paul told a hearing in November 2021.
More recently, Rutgers University chemistry professor and Waksman Institute of Microbiology lab director Dr. Richard Ebright told U.S. lawmakers that Fauci’s statements about gain-of-function research “are false.”
“I don’t understand why these statements are being made as they are patently false,” he added.