White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Dr. Anthony Fauci as an “undeniable asset” to the country during the pandemic, after the release of thousands of his emails that provoked renewed Republican accusations he initially seemed to dismiss that Covid-19 could have originated in a lab.
“He’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” Psaki said. “It’s obviously not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”
She noted that President Biden had asked the intelligence community to intensify its efforts to find the origin of Covid-19 and get back to him in 90 days.
The emails were obtained by BuzzFeed and the Washington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request.
In one email National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins sent Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a link to a Fox News report that gave credence to the theory coronavirus could have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology with the subject line “conspiracy gains momentu
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