White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Dr. Anthony Fauci as an "undeniable asset" to the country during the pandemic, after the release of thousands of his emails that provoked renewed Republican accusations he initially seemed to dismiss that Covid-19 could have originated in a lab.
The US' top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, who has over the last week been embroiled in criticism of his emails, is an "undeniable asset", said the White House defending the President's top coronavirus adviser, media reports said on Friday.
Over 3,000 pages of Fauci's work emails during the pandemic between January and June 2020, obtained by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News and CNN through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), has put the 80-year-old in a spotlight earning both praise and criticism, the BBC reported.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director has been the face of America's Covid-19 response. But emails have raised questions on whether he backed Chinese denials of the theory that Covid-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan.
"The President and the administration feel that Dr Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control, being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic," the BBC quoted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, as saying at her daily press briefing on Thursday.