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Paul vows probe into COVID-19 origins if GOP wins the Senate

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., questions Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to COVID-19 and new emerging variants, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is promising to launch an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 if he takes over a health, education, labor and pensions committee next year.

If the GOP retakes the Senate, Paul would be in line to chair a committee with subpoena power. And the Republican is promising to “get to the bottom of where this virus came from.”

Paul has frequently sparred with chief White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci, over the science, government-mandated protective measures, and the source of the virus. While Paul maintains the majority of the evidence supports the idea that COVID is the result of a lab leak, that’s at odds with the current scientific consensus.

Last week, Fauci told the National Press Club the hypothesis that the virus jumped from animals to humans remains the prevailing opinion.

"That is still, although we don't know precisely what the origin is, very likely that that is the case despite the fact that the lab leak hypothesis still obviously has not been disproven."
White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci

Reporters attempted to squeeze a question on the subject into the tail end of a White House press briefing last week but press secretary Jen Psaki did not respond.

According to a Biden administration-ordered review released last year, U.S. intelligence agencies remain divided over the origins of COVID-19 but believe China’s leaders did not know about the virus prior to the outbreak.