박사. 앤서니 파우치 made his final appearance at a White House briefing Tuesday in a scene that quickly grew heated after a reporter from the right-wing outlet The Daily Caller asked the infectious disease expert about the origins of COVID-19.
As the questions continued, Simon Ateba — chief White House correspondent for Today News Africa — began talking over other reporters in the room, attempting to ask his own questions about the origins of the disease.
That’s when White House Press Secretary 카린 장 피에르 stepped in, telling Ateba, “I will not call on you if you yell and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
Ateba continued, even as others tried to ask questions.
“It is not your turn,” Jean-Pierre said, 첨가: “시몬, I’m done. 시몬, I’m done. 시몬, I’m done with you right now … you’re taking time away from your colleagues.”
Fauci announced earlier this year that he would step down from his director role at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases by December, 말함 뉴욕 타임즈 that he wanted to “pursue the next chapter” of his career.
Decades before the 코로나 19 감염병 세계적 유행 began in the U.S. 3월에 2020, Fauci worked to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to serving as the director of NIAID, he was the first director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of AIDS Research when it was established in 1988.
He became a nationally known name when COVID-19 began sweeping the globe, with many Republicans blaming him for government shutdowns amid the pandemic.
The health official has previously had testy exchanges over COVID-19 with Republican Sen. Rand Paul about everything from one about the push to reopen schools and another about whether it was safe to relax restrictions on businesses — and again last March about wearing masks after a vaccination.
When asked by a Senate panel about the virus’ origins, Fauci previously testified that researchers had concluded that COVID-19 “매우, very likely” came from an animal species and “almost certainly” spread to humans in the Wuhan region of China, 폭스 뉴스 이전에 보고된.
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He explained that he’s “not retiring in the classic sense” and will spend his time traveling, 쓰기, and encouraging the younger generation to enter government service.
“So long as I’m healthy, which I am, and I’m energetic, which I am, and I’m passionate, which I am, I want to do some things outside of the realm of the federal government,” Fauci told the outlet.