DeSantis Says Fauci ‘Needs To Be Held Accountable’ For Gain Of Function Research and Puppy Abuse

US Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican of Florida, and candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a rally with US President Donald Trump at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci “needs to be held accountable” for funds distributed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) toward abusive animal experiments and gain-of-function research.

Fauci has received public criticism in recent days after the NIAID admitted in an October 21 letter that they funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This statement directly contradicts previous claims by Fauci, who testified under oath just last May that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

DeSantis said that the NIAID should have been banned from using American tax dollars for “abusing puppies” and gain-of-function research. The Governor argued that funds should instead be used in a more ethical manner.

“You can’t have mad scientists running around playing God like this and then come to find out what else is Fauci and NIH doing? They’re doing cruel experiments on puppies. What they were doing with those puppies is flat-out disgusting, it’s despicable, that needs to stop,” the Florida governor said.

“I cannot believe that American tax dollars would go to treat those dogs the way those dogs are treated and I really think Fauci needs to be held accountable.”

Documents released via a Freedom of Information Act request by watchdog taxpayer group White Coat Waste Project revealed that the NIAID funded $1.68 million in taxpayer dollars towards inhumane testing on dozens of beagle puppies. The dogs were reportedly force-fed or injected with an experimental drug, then being euthanized or dissected. Some even allegedly had their vocal cords removed in order to avoid death.

Tony Fauci has continuously claimed that the NIH did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan to develop and experiment with different variations of coronaviruses in 2019. The infectious disease “expert” was later proven to have lied about this in the wake of recent NIH statements. Fauci defended the funding by saying it went towards making discoveries about viruses that could potentially infect humans and that his only regret is the “distraction” it caused.

“Well, the only regret is that, what it has caused right now, is such a degree of distraction of trying to do what we really should be doing, is addressing the outbreak,” Fauci previously said. “And what we did, and did quite successfully, was to develop vaccines that have now been lifesaving.”

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