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House Republicans grilled Anthony Fauci, MD, former chief medical adviser to President Biden, during a contentious House hearing on Monday, but Fauci was adamant that accusations about his involvement in a cover-up of COVID-19's origins were false.

With regard to the "false accusation that I tried to cover up the possibility that the virus originated from a lab—in fact, the truth is exactly the opposite," Fauci said. In his written testimony, he shared a Feb. 1, 2020 email sent to scientist Jeremy Farrar, MD, former director of the Wellcome Trust, in which Fauci discussed concerns raised by Kristian Andersen over certain mutations of the coronavirus, stating that another scientist "should get a group of evolutionary biologists together to carefully examine the data to determine if his concerns are validated," and, if so, "report it to the appropriate authorities."

"It is inconceivable that anyone who reads this email could conclude that I was trying to cover up the possibility of a lab leak," Fauci said at the hearing, which marked his first public appearance since his retirement. Head over to MedPage Today to read more about it.