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In January, former White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci is scheduled to give testimony to the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic.
This two-day session, set for January 8-9, will see Fauci provide seven hours of testimony each day, with the presence of both personal and government counsel. Additionally, Fauci has agreed to a separate testimony later in 2024.
The interrogation focuses on Fauci’s pivotal role in the public health response during the COVID-19 outbreak. Fauci, who also held the position of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly four decades, had indicated his willingness to cooperate with House Republicans on their COVID-19 pandemic investigation. His upcoming testimony follows his transition from government service to an academic role as a professor at Georgetown University.
House Republicans, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), have expressed a strong interest in questioning Fauci since his departure from government service. Subcommittee Chair Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) emphasized the significance of Fauci’s testimony, stating it would be “a crucial component” in investigating various aspects of the pandemic, including its origins and public health policies. Wenstrup also stressed the importance of public health leaders being accountable and prioritizing the well-being of the people over personal or political agendas.