(RepublicanJournal.org) – Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has repeatedly shown he’s unafraid to challenge the accepted narratives of the NIH and other organizations when it comes to COVID-19. Earlier this year, he took Dr. Anthony Fauci to task in the Senate over the apparent possibility his organization may have released funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for gain-of-function research. Now, the Kentucky senator is speaking out about the controversial research again.
On Sunday, October 31, Paul appeared on Fox News, slamming the practice of manipulating viruses to make them deadlier. Referring to the possibility COVID-19 came out of a laboratory in Wuhan, he questioned whether another, a more dangerous disease might yet emerge from a gain-of-function experiment gone wrong.
Paul also drew attention to a recent report from MIT assistant professor Kevin Esvelt. According to Esvelt, we should not be allowing researchers to deliberately make highly contagious viruses stronger, as it simply represents too significant a risk to society.
The senator claimed that, as bad as COVID-19 is, the next pandemic could be far worse. What if, he mused, the next virus has a 50% death rate rather than COVID’s 1%?
Leaders should surely agree that this prospect is too frightening to allow.
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