Ranking Member Ruiz Statement Following First Day of Voluntary Transcribed Interview with Former NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci
Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2024)—Today, former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci, M.D. appeared before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic for a voluntary transcribed interview. Dr. Fauci’s testimony will span two days and cover a broad range of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the pandemic’s origins, vaccines, mitigation measures, and more. Following the conclusion of his first day of testimony, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D., Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, issued the following statement:
"After seven hours of testimony, the first day of Dr. Fauci’s transcribed interview only reaffirms the same conclusion drawn from nearly half a million pages of documents and dozens of hours of testimony already provided to the Select Subcommittee: that there was no cover-up of COVID-19’s origins nor a suppression of the lab leak theory on his part.
“For almost a year, Select Subcommittee Republicans have relied on conjecture to build their extreme, conspiratorial narrative to vilify Dr. Fauci under the guise of determining the pandemic’s origins with nothing to show for it. Today, we are no closer to better understanding how COVID-19 came to be.
“While Republicans used today’s transcribed interview to continue their politically driven fishing expedition, Democrats focused on examining lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform forward-looking reforms, including strengthening efforts to prevent future outbreaks—regardless of their origin—and bolstering our pandemic preparedness and public health infrastructure.
“I hope that tomorrow, my Republican colleagues will change course and join Select Subcommittee Democrats in pursuing meaningful solutions to advance our nation’s biosafety, biosecurity, and pandemic preparedness. There is still time for us to work together constructively to save lives.”