Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, lashed out Sunday at Senator Ted Cruz for suggesting that Fauci be investigated for his statements on COVID-19, calling the Republican lawmaker’s criticism an attack. To science.
“Should I be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, Senator? ”Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, asked during an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’s“ Face the Nation ”. His comment was a reference to the violent insurrection in the federal Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, which was spurred on as Cruz helped spearhead Republican objections to Congress certifying the 2020 election results.
“I’ll just do my job and save lives, and they are going to be lying,” Fauci declared.
Some Republicans, including Cruz and Senator Rand Paul, have accused Fauci of lying to Congress when he denied last May that the National Institutes of Health funded research on “gain of function” – the practice of improving a virus in a laboratory. to study its possible impact in the real world – in a virology laboratory in Wuhan, China. Cruz has urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate Fauci’s statements.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the Republican criticism is absurd.
“Anyone who sees this thoroughly can see that all of this has a distinct anti-science flavor,” he said.
Cruz and Paul pointed out that a letter from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Congress last October contradicts Fauci’s statement. However, there is no clear evidence or scientific consensus that NIH funded “gain-of-function” research, and there is no link between the US-funded studies and the emergence of COVID-19. The NIH has repeatedly argued that it has not earmarked funding for research that involves boosting the infectivity and lethality of a pathogen.
When asked in the CBS interview about whether Republicans might be launching the accusations to make him a scapegoat and deflect criticism of Trump, Fauci responded, “Of course, you have to be asleep not to realize that.”