Fauci pressed by Republicans on COVID-19 reaction

by ian

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the lead health officials on the COVID-19 pandemic, defended his actions before Congress yesterday in what was a heated testimony.

Fauci sat before the House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Lawmakers, particularly Republicans, grilled Fauci on the many different rules and directives implemented during the pandemic in which he had a role. The hearing touched on everything from the six-foot distance rule to masking and vaccine mandates.

Perhaps the moment that best represented the heated aspect of this hearing was an entire between Fauci and Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green.

Some Democrats, among them Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, came to Fauci’s defense during this exchange.
But the hearing also touched on a hotly debated aspect of the pandemic – funding gain of function research in Wuhan, China. Fauci denied accusations that he suppressed information that the virus originated at the Wuhan Institute.

But interestingly, Fauci also conceded that the lab leak theory is plausible while still denying any involvement by the US government.

Fauci was also questioned for his involvement with former senior adviser David Morens – who is currently embroiled in a scandal. Subpoenaed emails showed Morens openly bragging about dodging records laws and advising that Fauci “not have anything on the record that could come back to bite,” in his own words.

Fauci said that Morens had clearly violated agency policy and that the two were nothing more than work associates.