Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.
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US intelligence services under the Biden administration, in a review published in August 2021were divided by the most likely origin.
One agency had medium confidence that the virus had infected humans after a lab incident, while four agencies rated the virus as having a natural origin with low confidence, which the agencies did not identify.
Earlier this year, Fauci announced he would step down in December after leading the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for nearly 40 years.
For decades, Fauci has been respected as a public health practitioner on both sides of the political aisle.
But how the response to the pandemic became increasingly politicized under the then president Donald Trumpa Republican, Fauci has become a lightning rod for many conservatives in Congress.
In addition to arguing with them about the origin of the virus, Fauci has also repeatedly clashed with Republicans in Congress over mask and vaccine policies.