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Fauci denies seeking to suppress COVID-19 lab leak origin theory

In his opening statement before the House Select Subcommittee on Oversight on COVID-19 on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, denied trying to cover up the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic started with a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is sworn in before testifying before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s Select Subcommittee on COVID-19, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, June 3, 2024. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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“The accusation that I bribed scientists with millions of dollars in grant money to change their minds is completely false and completely absurd. I had no involvement in the content of the published papers,” Fauci said in his opening statement. “The second issue is the false accusation that I tried to cover up the possibility that the virus originated in a lab. In fact, the opposite is true.”

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