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Fauci heard calling Roger Marshall ‘a moron’ after heated exchange
The top coronavirus experts in the Biden administration have testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services, were questioned by lawmakers about the federal response to new variants of Covid-19.
The hearing comes as health policymakers say they believe the administration needs an urgent reset in the way it is approaching the new realities of the pandemic.
Dr Fauci is the target of a video released on Monday evening by Project Veritas claiming that he was involved in research projects related to coronaviruses by the Wuhan Institute of Virology that were deemed too risky by the Department of Defense, emails cited by the group claim.
In his testimony on Tuesday, Dr Fauci angrily dismissed personal attacks on him by right-wing lawmakers, including those related to the emails.
Testy exchange over Fauci’s financial disclosure forms
NIAID director Dr Anthony Fauci was heard mocking a Republican senator at Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions after the senator in question sparred with Mr Fauci regarding whether his financial disclosure was publicly available.
Oliver O’Connell12 January 2022 02:45
Urgent need for super vaccine to fight new variants
Dr Anthony Fauci warned at a Senate committee hearing that the US faced an “urgent need” for a so-called super vaccine that would be more effective at preventing new variants of Covid-19 and other coronaviruses.
John Bowden and Megan Sheets report.
Oliver O’Connell12 January 2022 01:45
Experts warn people they are ‘playing with dynamite’ by deliberately getting Covid
Doctors across the US have said there is a dangerous trend of people deliberately trying to get Omicron ‘to get it over with’.
Oliver O’Connell12 January 2022 00:45
Fauci: ‘You are distorting everything about me’
Dr Fauci tore into Senator Rand Paul for using the pandemic for political gain in his personal attacks against him during today’s hearing.
Megan Sheets and John Bowden report.
Oliver O’Connell12 January 2022 00:01
HHS spokesperson stands by Fauci
Mr Sams, the Covid spokesperson at the Department of Health and Humans Services, calls out Senator Rand Paul’s “non-stop lies”.
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 23:45
Bernie Sanders calls for Joe Biden to make N95 masks free for all
As the Biden administration and CDC take steps to bolster the US’s response to the spread of the Covid-19 variant and its knock-on effects, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is adding pressure to provide free high-grade masks to all Americans.
In a tweet Monday, the senator shared a graphic headed “Not all masks are created equal”, which shows the different length of protection against transmission of Covid-19 provided by different masks. Below the table are the words: “We need N95 masks for all.”
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 23:30
Senator Murphy calls out Fauci detractors
Senator Chris Murphy calls out those who ‘make a sport’ of attacking Dr Fauci: “They do it because it gets clicks, they don’t do it because they’re legitimately engaged … [in] the science.”
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 23:15
ICYMI – Fauci spars with Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul and Fauci clash during Senate hearing
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 23:00
HHS Covid spokesperson slams GOP members at hearing
Ian Sams, the Covid-19 spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services has hit out at Republican Senators for how they chose to spend their time at today’s hearing.
In a statement Mr Sams said:
When it comes to misinformation, Republicans on the committee clearly weren’t trying to stop the spread. At a time when America is seeing rising Covid cases, it’s disappointing and frankly unacceptable that Republican Senators chose to spend a hearing with the country’s leading public health experts spreading conspiracy theories and lies about Dr Fauci, rather than how we protect people from Covid-19.
The Biden Administration will continue to focus on getting more Americans vaccinated and boosted and helping Americans get access to the tools to keep themselves and others safe. We would encourage these Republicans to join us.
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 22:45
Senator Tuberville asked about ivermectin
Senator Tommy Tuberville asked Dr Fauci why his Alabama constituents shouldn’t take ivermectin instead of the Covid-19 therapeutic Paxlovid, arguing it’s cheaper and has been around for longer.
Dr Fauci lays out data showing ivermectin has shown no conclusive benefits to people with a Covid-19 infection.
Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 22:30