The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Foci, is attending a roundtable with US President Donald Trump on plasma donations during a visit to the US National Red Cross in Washington, DC, July 30, 2020. Reuters / Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) ̵1; Dr. Anthony Foachy, a leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States, will testify before a subcommittee on coronavirus in Congress on Friday, a few weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration first refused to allow him to address the commission.
Foki’s testimony comes at the end of the week, when the tragic situation with the pandemic became much clearer for the country. The United States on Wednesday suffered its 150,000 deaths from the disease – more than any other country – and data on Thursday showed a profound economic failure.
Democrats said the Trump administration initially prevented Foki from testifying before the panel, saying he was unavailable for the entire month of July, and only gave in after the House of Majority James Clayburn wrote to Vice President Mike Pence.
Fauci, a veteran of six Republican and Democratic administrations, became the most famous figure in the administration’s coronavirus group.
This week, Trump, who often complained about scientists’ advice on responding to the pandemic, challenged the extent to which Foci admired, saying, “I don’t like anyone. It can only be my identity. ”
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Admiral Brett Jiroir, assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, also plan to testify before the Selected Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis.
A subcommittee chaired by Clayburn was set up this year to oversee trillions of dollars approved by Congress to help the United States address the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, Trump visited a post accusing Foki and Democrats of suppressing the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat a new coronavirus, which included a link to a video by a group that reduces the need for face masks in the wake of the pandemic. The tweet was deleted by social media companies.
Report by David Morgan; Edited by Scott Malone and David Gregorio