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Watch: Fauci Defends NIH Funding of Wuhan Lab Research

Dr. Anthony Fauci defended National Institutes of Health’s decision to fund research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China and said that he personally believe that the Chinese scientists in that lab were “qualified and highly respected.”


“If you look at the research that was done, it was research that was highly recommended by peer review, our United States peer reviews. It got a very high score in the peer review system,” said Fauci in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Friday. “And the purpose of the research was very, very clear. It was to try to determine what was out there in the bat population that might be ultimately risky for us. It was done in the context of trying to find out what the precise environmental bat source was of SARS-CoV-2 so that we could prevent SARS-CoV-2.”

“So, it was research that was done by qualified people,” continued Fauci. “Right now, when there’s all of this thing about China, that’s a different situation now back then when you’re dealing with qualified, highly respected Chinese scientists. So it isn’t what was made out to be about dealing with really, really bad people. Because those scientists were very well-respected in the scientific community internationally.”

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