One Republican Senator took Anthony Fauci to task for repeated miscommunication and hypocrisy since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., lambasted the infectious disease expert on Fox News Sunday, saying he has been playing “word games” around questions about COVID coming from the Wuhan lab and potential U.S. funding of that lab.
“Dr. Fauci has been to Congress, and he said this absolutely did not happen, but Dr. Fauci is playing word games,” Cotton said. “So, the money that the NIH gave went to an American organization, which turned around and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to these Wuhan labs to investigate coronaviruses and, yes, to find ways to make them more contagious and more dangerous.”
Cotton sent a letter along with a group of other Republican Senators to Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, demanding answers on the issue.
“We asked Francis Collins, who is Dr. Fauci’s boss, to come clean, tell us exactly what was happening, why this research was being funded…during a time in which the Obama Administration had explicitly banned this kind of gain of function research, research into the making of some of the deadliest pathogens even more dangerous,” Cotton told Fox. “I think that there could be an example here of these public health bureaucrats thinking that they know better and they’re not going to answer to political oversight and accountability even in the Obama Administration and they went ahead with this research that could be very dangerous,” Cotton said, adding, “that’s why it is imperative that the NIH come clean and tell us exactly what happened.”
The letter asks a series of questions to NIH, and Americans will likely be waiting eagerly for the answers. The letter asks:
- Who requested that the moratorium include this exception?
- Who was involved in drafting the moratorium document?
- Who gave final approval of the moratorium document?
- How many studies received an exception during the moratorium period (2014-2017)
- Who approved these exceptions?
For now, there are more questions than answers. Read the full letter here.