/Fauci hearing – live: Doctor says Rand Paul ‘kindles the crazies’ as he lets rip over personal attacks – The Independent

Fauci hearing – live: Doctor says Rand Paul ‘kindles the crazies’ as he lets rip over personal attacks – The Independent


Senator Rand Paul and Fauci clash during Senate hearing

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.

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Incredulous Fauci mocks GOP senator

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’Connell11 January 2022 19:30

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A moment of bipartisanship

They are rare, but they do happen. As proceedings kicked off this morning, Republican Senator Richard Burr gave Democrat Senator Tim Kaine an orange, a blanket, and a Dr Pepper in case he gets trapped in the snow again as he was last week.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 19:10

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After thanking the four witnesses for their testimony, Senator Murray gavels the session to a close.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:59

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Senator Richard Burr says he respects all four of the experts testifying today and says he is sorry for what Dr Fauci and his family are going through.

He adds that they stand by willing to help with whatever they need to combat the pandemic, but will require full accountability.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:55

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‘What a moron’

Watch out for those hot mics… Dr Fauci is heard calling Senator Marshall “a moron” after their last exchange.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:47

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Fauci and Marshall spar over financial disclosure forms

“You are getting amazingly wrong information,” says Dr Fauci when challenged by Senator Marshall over his financial disclosure forms, which although public record, Mr Marshall’s office is unable to locate.

The pair have sparred twice during today’s hearing.

Senator Murray interjected that Dr Fauci’s financial disclosure forms are publicly available and he can provide them should Mr Marshall like to see them.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:36

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Paul ‘kindles the crazies’ against him, says Fauci

Regarding Rand Paul’s attacks against him, Dr Fauci told the committee: “What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue is that all of a sudden that kindles the crazies out there and I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls, because people are lying about me.”

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:29

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Fauci: Peak of Omicron will not be uniform across US

Senator Burr asked about the differing experience of South Africa and Israel with Omicron — the former saw a quick, sharp peak, the latter has seen a more prolonged outbreak.

Dr Fauci said there are many variants to consider, and similarly, the US will not see a uniform peak experience as it will vary from state to state depending on the percentage of vaccinated people and what the prior impact of other variants has been.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:23

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Greatest Christmas gift of 2021

This was probably true in many households last month.

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 18:15

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‘Most people are going to get Covid’

Dr Janet Woodcock: ”I think it’s hard to process what’s actually happening right now, which is: most people are going to get COVID. And what we need to do is make sure the hospitals can still function, transportation, other essential services are not disrupted while this happens.”

Oliver O’Connell11 January 2022 17:55

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