Fauci says he will work with the House Republican inquiry into the origins of Covid

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus during the White House press conference on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

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U.S. intelligence agencies under the Biden administration were divided on the most likely origin in an assessment released in August 2021.

One agency had moderate confidence that the virus infected people after a laboratory incident, while four agencies had low confidence that the virus had a natural origin, according to the assessment, which did not identify those agencies.

Earlier this year, Fauci announced he would step down in December after nearly 40 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

For decades, Fauci was respected on both sides of the political aisle as a public health worker.

But as the response to the pandemic became increasingly politicized under then-President Donald Trump, a Republican, Fauci became a lightning rod for many conservatives in Congress.

In addition to arguing with them about the origins of the virus, Fauci has repeatedly feuded with Republicans in Congress over mask and vaccine policies.

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