White House defends Dr Fauci over lab leak emails

White House defends Dr Fauci over lab leak emails
Dr Anthony Fauci. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The White House has defended President Biden’s top Covid-19 adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, amid scrutiny of his recently released work emails.

White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said Dr Fauci had been an “undeniable asset” in the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN, Dr Fauci told on the lab leak theory of the virus was being taken out of context.

There is no evidence that the Covid-19 came from a lab, though Joe Biden has ordered a review into the matter.

President Biden meanwhile announced the US would donate 25 million doses of surplus Covid-19 vaccine to Covax, the global facility designed to distribute vaccines fairly.

On Thursday, Ms Psaki said: “The president and the administration feel that Dr Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control, being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic.”

A trove of Dr Fauci’s emails covering the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic – 3,200 pages, many of them redacted – were released this week to media under a freedom of information request.

Allies of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) infectious disease specialist say Dr Anthony Fauci’s messages show nothing more than a dedicated public servant navigating the early days of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

But conservative critics are suggesting that the top US virus expert may have engaged in a cover-up, and even claim he perjured himself in testimony to Congress.

On Thursday, Dr Fauci told CNN that it was “nonsense” to infer from the email any cosy relationship between himself and the figures behind the Wuhan lab research.

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