By Sen. Rand Paul – Fox News
Totalitarian governments like China can’t be trusted partners for viral research like COVID-19
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul joined ‘Jesse Watters Primetime’ with the latest on a Senate hearing seeking to get to the bottom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout this pandemic, I have led the effort to uncover the origins of this virus that has killed over 6 million people worldwide.
Shockingly, with over 1 million Americans killed and trillions of dollars spent, last Wednesday was the first congressional hearing on the dangerous, virus-enhancing research known as gain-of-function and its relation to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of this hearing by the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight was to discuss, as our name implies, the emerging threat posed by gain-of-function research.
We heard from a panel of three witnesses – Dr. Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D., laboratory director of Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Dr. Steven Quay, M.D., Ph.D., CEO at Atossa Therapeutics, Inc., and Dr. Kevin M. Esvelt, Ph.D., assistant professor of Media Arts & Sciences of MIT Media Lab – all of whom are extraordinarily accomplished experts in the scientific community. We are grateful for their work, and we are grateful to them for taking the time to appear before the committee.