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Cheers Break Out In Senate After Paul Amendment Passes Banning Gain-Of-Function Research In China

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Cheers and applause rang out in the Senate chamber on Tuesday evening after passage of an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), which bans the use of U. S. taxpayer dollars to fund gain-of-function research in China.

“We may never know whether the pandemic arose from the lab in Wuhan, but we do know that so far no intermediate animal host has been discovered,” Paul said in his speech ahead of the vote.

“Thousands of animals at the wet market have been looked at,” he continued. “None of them have carried COVID-19. We’ve tried to infect COVID-19 into bats; it doesn’t grow well in bats. It seems suitable for humans.”

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He reiterated, “We may not know whether this ever arose out of a Wuhan lab, but I think gain-of-function research where we take a deadly virus — sometimes much more deadly than COVID — and then we increase its transmissibility to mammals is wrong.”

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