Dr. Fauci blasts calls for his arrest, labels them ‘madness’ and defends COVID treatment

  • In a new interview, Fauci lashed out at those calling for his prosecution
  • Speaking on CNN, the elderly doctor asked, “Suse me for what?”
  • On Friday, the House voted unanimously to release information about the origins of COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci has hit back at those who want to see him prosecuted for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The now-retired Fauci, 82, called his accusers “insane” during an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta Saturday.

He said he and his family continue to receive death threats over his response to the 2020 pandemic — months after he stepped down from his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Acosta also asked Fauci about Elon Musk’s tweet in December in which he mocked transgender pronouns while calling for criminal charges. The message read: “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.”

“What’s your reaction to that?” asked the host.

“There’s no response to that craziness, Jim. Sue me for what? What are they talking about? I wish I could find out what they are talking about. I think they’re just going off the deep end,” said the country’s top infectious disease expert.

Dr. Anthony Fauci railed against his critics during an interview with Jim Acosta on CNN Saturday

“It just doesn’t make sense to say something like that, and it’s actually irresponsible,” he bellowed.

On how his family is dealing with the negative publicity surrounding his stewardship of the pandemic, Fauci said it was “difficult.”

“I mean, they don’t like me getting death threats all the time. Every time someone stands up and spouts some nonsense that is misinformation, disinformation and outright lies, someone somewhere decides they want to harm me and or my family,” he said.

“That’s the part of it that’s really unhappy… The rest is just madness, the things they say.” But it does have a negative effect if people take it seriously and take it out on you and your family.’

The doctor described the view that it was “unacceptable” to have a “political view of a public health problem” as these issues create a “common enemy.”

During his tenure between 1984 and 2022, Fauci dealt with thorny issues surrounding health crises, from HIV/AIDS to avian flu and Ebola.

The seasoned immunologist has served as an adviser to seven U.S. presidents, starting with Republican Ronald Reagan, and spent more than 50 years in public service.

At the time of the Musk tweet, the White House expressed its full support for Fauci.

“They are disgusting and disconnected from reality, and we will continue to call that out and be very clear about that,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters afterwards.

On how his family is dealing with the negative publicity surrounding his stewardship of the pandemic, Fauci said it was ‘difficult’

On Friday, the House voted unanimously to release US intelligence information about the origins of COVID-19, an overwhelming show of bipartisan support near the third anniversary of the start of the deadly pandemic.

The 419-0 vote was final congressional approval of the bill, which sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk. It’s unclear if the president will sign the measure into law, and the White House said the matter is under investigation.

“I haven’t made that decision yet,” Biden said late Friday when asked if he would sign the bill.

The debate in the House of Representatives was short and sweet: Americans have questions about how the deadly virus originated and what can be done to prevent future outbreaks.

The vote passed 419-0 on Friday, with all congressmen supporting the bid to release links to the Wuhan lab and documents about the virus’s beginnings
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s COVID adviser who retired from the government last year, has said he still believes it was likely a natural occurrence

“The American public deserves answers to every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

That includes, he said, “how this virus was made and, specifically, whether it was a natural occurrence or the result of a lab-related event.”

Led by Republicans, the focus on the origins of the virus comes as the House earlier this week launched a select committee with a hearing that deepened theories about how the pandemic started.

It offers a rare moment of bipartisanship despite the often heated rhetoric about the origins of the coronavirus and questions about the response to the virus from US health officials, including Fauci.

Pictured: The Wuhan Institute of Virology, where crucial data was erased by Chinese scientists

House Republicans have used their new majority power to investigate all aspects of the pandemic, including its origins, as well as what they believe were officials’ efforts to cover up the fact that it leaked from a lab in Wuhan.

Days earlier, the GOP released emails showing that Fauci had commissioned a February 2020 paper to refute the possibility that COVID originated in a lab — before the research was announced weeks later at a White House news conference. published.

In February, Republicans sent letters to Fauci, National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, Secretary of Health Xavier Beccera and others as part of their investigative efforts.

The letters require no cooperation from recipients. But announcing the Republican personnel report in December, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, chairman of the virus subcommittee, that lawmakers would issue subpoenas if potential witnesses did not cooperate.

Republicans have accused Fauci of lying to Congress when he denied in May that the National Institutes of Health was funding “gain of function” research — the practice of improving a virus in a lab to explore its potential impact in the real world to study – in a virology laboratory in Wuhan.

R-Texas Senator Ted Cruz even urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Fauci’s statements.

Fauci called that criticism “nonsense” at the time.


Evidence for Wuhan lab leak theory

An article in the respected Science magazine on May 14, 2021 sparked a massive surge in interest in the lab leak theory.

Some 18 experts wrote in the journal that “we should take both natural and laboratory spillover hypotheses seriously until we have enough data.”

Later that month, a study by British professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr Birger Sørensen claimed it had “prima facie evidence of retroengineering in China” for a year.

The study included allegations of “intentional destruction, concealment or contamination of data” in Chinese laboratories.

It followed statements by the WHO Director-General, the US and the EU that more clarity on the origins of this pandemic is necessary and achievable.

Previously, the theory was dismissed as a conspiracy by most experts, in part because of its association with President Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden ordered a full investigation into the origins of the pandemic virus in May 2021, demanding that scientists investigate whether the theory is correct.

In December 2021, Harvard scientist Dr Alina Chan told Britain’s Science and Technology Select Committee that it is “reasonable” to believe Covid was genetically engineered in China.

She also said the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the first outbreak in Wuhan two years ago and attempts to sabotage the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic made the lab leak theory likely.

The head of the World Health Organization insisted a day earlier that the theory that Covid emerged from a lab in Wuhan has not been ruled out – saying China should help solve the mystery out of “respect” for the dead.

The body’s director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, suggested that Beijing had not fully cooperated as he pushed for more “transparency” in the ongoing investigation.

And a senior government source claimed in June 2022 that the WHO boss privately believes the pandemic started after a leak from a Chinese lab.

In September 2022, the leading medical journal The Lancet admitted that the virus may have leaked from a lab, including those in the US.

Evidence against the theory

Most of the scientific community says the virus is most likely of natural origin.

A series of papers indicate that the virus develops in animals before being transmitted to humans, in the same way as all other previously discovered coronaviruses.

The first study, published in Scientific Reports, showed that some 47,000 wild animals of 38 species were sold at four markets in Wuhan between May 2017 and November 2019.

The authors, including Dr Chris Newman, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Oxford, claimed the evidence showed that the conditions for animal-to-human transmission were present in Wuhan.

But they acknowledged there was no evidence that Sars-CoV-2 was present or came from any of these animals.

A joint study by the World Health Organization and China also concluded that it was “highly likely” that the virus jumped from bats to humans via a hitherto unknown intermediate.

And a June 2022 WHO report points out that Covid most likely originated in bats before infecting humans.





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