On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called Dr. Anthony Fauci “an undeniable asset” despite emails that have exposed his knowledge of and efforts to tamp down the Wuhan “lab leak” theory to explain the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin.
Despite the scandal that Fauci is facing now, President Biden still has confidence in Fauci, who is his chief medical adviser and the government’s top infectious disease expert, Psaki said.
“He’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” Psaki said at her daily press briefing.
“But it’s not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”
Psaki said, “The president and the administration feel that Dr Fauci has played an incredible role and getting the pandemic under control and being a voice to the public throughout this pandemic.”
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases previously came under fire for inconsistent public health guidance. For example, he did not promote mask-wearing in February, March, and early April 2020 as the respiratory virus spread in the US, despite the historical use of masks to counter airborne viruses and their successful early adoption in East Asia. But Fauci later pushed even wearing two masks at a time.
Biden last month ordered a 90-day review by US spy agencies of whether the virus could have emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after facing weeks of pressure to pursue a robust US-led probe.
A preliminary World Health Organization study controlled by China this year concluded the virus likely emerged naturally.
The lab-release theory gained traction recently after the Wall Street Journal reported that three employees at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell so ill that they were hospitalized in November 2019 — just before the first reported COVID-19 cases.
The article cited “a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.”
A subsequent US intelligence community statement released to the public said one US spy agency “leans more toward” the lab leak theory, but that two others lean toward the explanation that the virus emerged naturally in animals.
Psaki may provide all the excused she wants to cover this issue, but this scandal certainly isn’t going anywhere.
America has been starved of almost everything due to this virus and it’s time the people get some real answers.
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