Peter Navarro, former trade adviser to President Donald Trump, criticized Anthony Fauci in an interview Tuesday, saying the infectious diseases expert will be “gone” within 90 days.

“Tony Fauci is the father of the virus,” Navarro told Steve Bannon in an interview. He proceeded to state that coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, and that Fauci was funding gain-of-function research in that lab.

Fauci has denied the NIH ever funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“I want to put this on the record,” Navarro continued. “Fauci’s going to be gone within 90 days. And here’s why.”

“My point Steve is that this man is a sociopath!” Navarro said, as Bannon brought an end to the interview.

Navarro: Fauci Knew It Came From the Wuhan Lab in Nov 2019

Top U.S. health official calls for follow-up investigation into coronavirus origin

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told an annual ministerial meeting of the World Health Organization that international experts should be given “the independence to fully assess the source of the virus and the early days of the outbreak.”

At a White House briefing Tuesday, Anthony S. Fauci said he believes it’s most likely the virus originated from a “natural occurrence.” But he said a deeper probe is warranted.

“Because we don’t know 100 percent what the origin is, it’s imperative that we look and we do an investigation,” Fauci said.

At that same briefing, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser on the coronavirus response, expressed frustration at barriers imposed on international scientists by the Chinese government.

“It is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this, and we need a completely transparent process from China. We need the WHO to assist in that matter. We don’t feel like we have that now,” Slavitt said. “That’s a critical priority for us.”

The Wall Street Journalreported earlier this week that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, renewing interest in the lab origin theory. The newspaper cited a U.S. intelligence report as the source and noted that one person said the information came from an “international partner,” who described it as potentially significant but needing further corroboration.

Lawmakers call for Fauci resignation

“The agency [CDC] has lost all credibility,” Dr. Marty Makary, Fox News medical contributor and professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, said. “They have been consistently delinquent, misrepresenting COVID risk levels. The public sees through the CDC’s flawed guidance on schools, travel and summer camps that use the guise of science. That’s why 52% of Americans no longer trust the CDC.”

Dr. Brett Giroir, the former White House Coronavirus Task Force testing czar and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary, said the confusion surrounding the CDC’s new guidance is a result of “awful communication and planning around the guidance” as well as a “terrible choice of words.” 

“The real message is: If you are vaccinated, and not in a special group like the immunosuppressed, it is safe for you and for others around you for you to be without a mask indoors,” Giroir said. “But, if you are in areas of significant disease or in a high risk circumstance and you are not vaccinated, it is still safer to wear a mask than not to wear one.”

On top of mistrust in the CDC, Fauci’s credibility is wavering, some experts claim. He recently said he is “not convinced” COVID-19 developed naturally outside of a Wuhan lab, as a report came out that three Wuhan lab workers were diagnosed with COVID-like symptoms just before the official outbreak in China. 

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testified Wednesday that a laboratory origin of COVID-19 is “one possibility.” 

Yet, in May 2020, Fauci told National Geographic: “What’s out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated.” But in May, he flip-flopped.

When asked by a Politifact reporter if he was still confident that COVID-19 developed naturally, he said: “No, actually no, I’m not convinced about that.”

Virus origins aside, Fauci has also given mixed messages surrounding mask mandates. 

In March 2020 he said “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” and in June 2020 he discouraged mask-wearing to conserve them for health workers, qualifying that “personal protective equipment… were in very short supply.” But then, in January of 2021 he said double-masking “makes common sense, it’s more effective.” 

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