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Audience Erupts On Anthony Fauci As Chaos Unfolds

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Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci faced disruptions during his testimony to a congressional committee on the coronavirus pandemic. He outlined details about the origins and federal management of the outbreak.

Renowned doctor

Fauci, a renowned doctor and scientist formerly directing the NIAID for 38 years until 2022, played a significant role in guiding the U.S. response to COVID-19, a virus responsible for over 1.2 million American deaths since 2020, according to the CDC.

Disrupted

Throughout his testimony, some audience members disrupted Fauci with criticisms of COVID-19 policies. “My grandmother is dead because of you,” one heckler said. Another called him a “traitor.”

Unidentified

The individuals behind the disruptions during the hearing remain unidentified.

Pandemic management

Fauci has been under scrutiny by numerous conservatives for his management of the pandemic. Many individuals on the conservative side considered the government’s actions, such as imposing lockdowns at the state level, as excessive in attempts to curb the virus’s transmission. However, some have commended his efforts in combating the virus.

Criticism

At the hearing, Republican legislators were vocal in their criticism of Fauci, questioning him about the strategies put in place to control the spread of the virus.

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene stated that she would address him only as “Mr. Fauci,” rather than “Dr. Fauci.”

Guidelines

She leveled allegations against the government of “making up guidelines like six feet distancing and masking children.”

CDC

In his testimony, Fauci mentioned that the CDC, not himself, was responsible for establishing the six-foot social distancing guidelines.

Clinical trial

“It had little to do with me since I didn’t make the recommendation,” Fauci added. “And my saying that there was no science behind it means there was no clinical trial that proved that.”

Shutdowns

He expressed that the shutdowns of businesses and schools, along with stay-at-home directives, were crucial in halting the surge of fatalities in the initial stages. However, he added that the duration of these measures was open to debate.

Jamie Raskin

Maryland Democrat Representative Jamie Raskin came to Fauci’s defense, alleging that certain congressional members sought to “drag [his] name through the mud.”

Convicted felon

“They’re treating you, Dr. Fauci, like a convicted felon. Actually, you probably wish they were treating you like a convicted felon. They treat them with love and admiration. Some of them blindly worship convicted felons,” Raskin said, making a reference to former President Donald Trump, who was recently convicted of manipulating business records.

Receptive attitude

Fauci also discussed the notion that the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, stating that he maintained a receptive attitude towards that potential scenario.

Patient zero

Initially, the majority of scientists thought that the virus was probably passed to the first infected person, called “patient zero,” through a bat at a public market in Wuhan. Nonetheless, another hypothesis suggesting that the virus might have been artificially created and inadvertently released from a lab close by has also gained popularity.

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