REPUBLICAN lawmakers claim Dr. Anthony Fauci should be sacked as the nation's infectious diseases expert after he appeared to flip-flop over the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The health expert says he's not "convinced" that the virus developed naturally while Donald Trump claims the bug originated from a lab.
Some Republicans are calling for Fauci to be dismissed as Biden's top coronavirus chief.
Rep Warren Davidson, of Ohio, told Fox: "Dr. Fauci is at odds with the Centers for Disease Control. He has repeatedly put political science ahead of the science on Covid-19."
Pennsylvania congressman Guy Reschenthaler said Fauci has been "inconsistent" throughout the pandemic.
He said: “He has been wrong, intentionally deceptive, and inconsistent throughout this pandemic.”
Fauci admitted that he is "not convinced" that Covid developed naturally.
A Wall Street Journal report alleged three Wuhan staffers were hospitalized in November 2019 before the Covid outbreak was disclosed to the world.
The report led to renewed calls for a broader probe into whether Covid-19 could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, where the pandemic is widely believed to have begun.
Former president Donald Trump said he is all but certain that Covid originated from a lab in China
He told Dan Bongino on Monday: “I think you can take the word ‘potential’ out of that it came from the lab.”
Bongino and Trump discussed the lab-leak theory – something which he often mentioned on the campaign trail.
The former president's comments bring a renewed interest in the theory – months after it was previously dismissed as a conspiracy.
In March, a World Health Organization scientist investigating the origins of the pandemic said the "lab leak theory" cannot be ruled out.
Peter Ben Embarek, who led the WHO team in their investigation in Wuhan, said they failed to get "hard facts or detailed data" from the lab.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is known to have been experimenting with bat coronaviruses and creating infectious hybrid strains for tests.
It is located just a stone's throw from where the virus first emerged in December 2019.
China and the lab have always denied allegations of a possible leak.
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