US top medical advisor Anthony Fauci’s last press briefing triggers chaos over Covid origins
Chaos ensued at the last press briefing of chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci at the White House after a reporter raised questions on the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
The outgoing medical advisor was speaking about the Covid response efforts by the Biden administration on Tuesday when a correspondent from the New York Post (NYP), Diana Glebova, tried to ask Fauci what he had done personally to probe the virus origins.
This soon prompted other reporters to shout similar questions at the medical chief, forcing White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to jump in and interrupt them.
"We have a process here…I'm not calling on people who yell and you're being disrespectful to your colleagues and you're being disrespectful to our guest. I will not call on you if you yell, and also you're taking time off the clock because Dr Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
But her efforts went in vain, as the NYP correspondent continued to press with her questions.
"I'm done!" Jean-Pierre retorted. "I'm not getting into a back-and-forth with you."
The NYP journalist soon found support from her colleague, Africa Today’s Simon Ateba, who told Jean-Pierre to “allow her to ask the question … She’s asking about the origins of COVID-19, and Dr Fauci is the best person to answer that question.”
Jean-Pierre then shouted back at him, saying, “I hear the question! But we're not doing this the way you want it! This is disrespectful. I'm done. Simon, I'm done. I'm done with you right now."