Fauci fires back at Ted Cruz over COVID claims about Chinese lab

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WASHINGTON — Gov.’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci rebuked Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting that Fauci’s statements about COVID-19 be investigated and said criticism by Texas Republicans was an attack on science.

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“Should I be prosecuted? What happened on January 6th, Senator?” Fauci, who is the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” it was a reference to Violent rebellion at the US Capitol Joe Cruz, who was flanked by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, helped lead the GOP objections to Congress. Authenticating the 2020 election results,

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“I’m just going to do my job and I’m going to save lives, and they’re going to lie,” Fauci said.

Some Republicans, including Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have accused Fauci of lying to Congress when he denied in May that the National Institutes of Health funded “benefit of work” research — a The practice of growing a virus in a lab to study its potential impact in the real world – in a virology lab in Wuhan, China. Cruz has urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Fauci’s statements.

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Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the GOP criticism rubbish.

“Anyone who’s been watching it carefully finds it has a distinctly anti-science flavor,” he said.

Cruz and Paul say an October 1 letter from the NIH to Congress contradicts Fauci. But no clear evidence or scientific consensus exists that the “benefit of work” research was funded by the NIH, and there is no connection of US-funded research to the emergence of COVID-19. The NIH has repeatedly stated that its funding has not gone to research that involves promoting the infectivity and lethality of the pathogen.

When asked in a CBS interview whether Republicans are raising claims of making him a scapegoat and touting Trump’s criticism, Fauci said, “Of course, you don’t have to sleep to find out.”

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