Former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to testify before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic in early January, the subcommittee announced Thursday.
Fauci will take part in a two-day interview on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9, making his first appearance before the 118th Congress, according to the subcommittee. Fauci also agreed to testify in a public hearing, though the date of that hearing has yet to be announced.
Members will likely press Fauci on the origins of the virus, as well has the U.S.’ response to the pandemic and how to prevent future outbreaks.
“As the former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States, you have knowledge pertinent to both investigating and evaluating the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also preparing for future pandemics,” the committee wrote in a letter to Fauci. “The Select Subcommittee expects you to answer questions truthfully, to the best of your ability and recollection, and consistent with House and Select Subcommittee rules and precedents.”
The subcommittee originally requested his testimony back in February, and made an agreement with Fauci and his team regarding the interview on Nov. 3, according to the letter. Fauci will provide seven hours of testimony and will appear at a public hearing to be announced at a later date.
Mary Lou Masters on November 30, 2023