Dr. Fauci Faces Renewed Scrutiny Over COVID-19 Origins and NIH Controversies

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former US infectious disease expert, is facing intense questioning from Republican lawmakers about the origins of COVID-19 and NIH's credibility. The House panel scrutinizes his role, science behind pandemic advice, and NIH's controversial funding practices, amidst ongoing partisan debates.

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 03-06-2024 21:05 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 21:05 IST
Dr. Fauci Faces Renewed Scrutiny Over COVID-19 Origins and NIH Controversies
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former US top infectious disease expert, is once again under the spotlight as Republican lawmakers intensify their investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time since leaving government service, Fauci faces public and on-camera questioning over the nation's pandemic response and the role of US-funded research in China.

A Republican-led subcommittee has spent over a year probing these issues, while Democrats argue the investigation has found no wrongdoing by Fauci and missed opportunities to prepare for future outbreaks. Fauci, both a trusted voice and a target of attacks during the pandemic, had previously undergone intense questioning in January behind closed doors.

The House panel's renewed scrutiny focuses on NIH's credibility, controversial research funding, and the origins of the virus. Fauci continues to maintain an open mind regarding the virus's origins, emphasizing evidence pointing to natural emergence and denying any misconduct or involvement in risky "gain of function" research.

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