In response to those calling for his prosecution for handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has fired back.
In an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, the 82-year-old Fauci, who is now retired, referred to his accusers as mad.
He said that he and his family are still the targets of death threats as a result of his response to the 2020 pandemic months after leaving his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Acosta questioned Fauci over Elon Musk’s post from December, which insulted transgender pronouns while urging criminal prosecution. “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” the note stated.
Fauci claimed it was tough for his family to deal with the negative press surrounding his management of the pandemic.
The doctor articulated the opinion that it was unacceptable to take a political view on a public health problem as these issues to establish a common enemy.
Between 1984 and 2022, Fauci’s term in office, he dealt with the complex issues surrounding health catastrophes like HIV/AIDS, avian flu, and Ebola. The seasoned immunologist has over 50 years of public service and has advised seven US presidents, starting with the Republican Ronald Reagan.
The White House backed Fauci wholeheartedly at the time of the Musk tweet. Nearing the third anniversary of the commencement of the fatal pandemic, the House unanimously voted on Friday to declassify US intelligence data regarding COVID-19’s origins.
President Joe Biden received the measure after it got final congressional approval by a vote of 419 to 0. Although it is uncertain whether the president will sign the bill into law, the White House stated that the matter was being examined.
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GOP Demands to Prosecute Dr. Anthony Fauci
Americans are curious about how the fatal virus first emerged and what can be done to stop future outbreaks, according to a condensed and to-the-point debate in the House.
Republicans are driving attention on the virus’s origins, which comes as the House established a select committee and held a hearing earlier this week to examine possible causes of the outbreak.
Notwithstanding the frequently acrimonious language regarding the coronavirus’s origins and the doubts raised about the country’s reaction to the virus by US health experts, including Fauci, it presents a rare instance of bipartisanship.
With their newfound majority in the House, the Republicans have been looking into all facets of the pandemic, including where they say it came from and efforts made by the government to conceal the fact that it was created in a Wuhan lab.
Days earlier, the GOP made emails public that revealed Fauci ordered a paper in February 2020 to refute the idea that COVID was created in a lab, then made the study public at a White House press conference a few weeks later.
Republicans began their investigation in February by sending letters to Fauci, National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, Health Secretary Xavier Beccera, and other individuals.
The recipients of the letters are not required to cooperate. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, chair of the virus subcommittee, however, stated that legislators would issue subpoenas if potential witnesses did not comply when announcing the GOP staff report in December.
Republicans have charged Fauci with lying to Congress when he denied in May that a Wuhan virology lab was conducting gain-of-function research, which involves boosting viruses in a lab to assess their potential effects in the real world.
Even Republican senator from Texas Ted Cruz urged Merrick Garland to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate into Fauci’s allegations. At the time, Fauci dismissed the criticism as ridiculous.
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