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Fauci dismisses 'preposterous' allegations that he led covid coverup

Anthony S. Fauci defended himself Monday against claims that he orchestrated a coverup of the coronavirus pandemic's origins, with the former government official rejecting some allegations as "simply preposterous."

The prominent infectious-disease expert, who served as a senior leader at the National Institutes of Health for four decades before leaving government at the end of 2022, said Republicans have distorted emails between himself and other scientists as they discussed whether a laboratory leak of the coronavirus was possible.

"We spend our whole life trying to determine the causes of infectious diseases, and stop them to protect the American people," Fauci said, adding that he did not pressure colleagues to reach a conclusion about the origins of the virus while disputing other Republican charges.


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