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White House blocks Dr Anthony Fauci from testifying before House Panel

More than 1 million cases of coronavirus have been reported from the US, with the country's death toll exceeding 60,000

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The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week's Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on Covid-19 response

The has blocked Dr Anthony Fauci, who is also a member of the administration's task force, from testifying on the Donald Trump administration's response to the pandemic, according to House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander.

"The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week's Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on Covid-19 response. We have been informed by an administration official that the has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying," House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday by CNN.

The same was confirmed by deputy press secretary Judd Deere.

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"While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to Covid-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings," Deere was quoted as saying in a statement. "We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time."

More than 1 million cases of have been reported from the US so far, with the country's exceeding 60,000.

First Published: Sat, May 02 2020. 13:47 IST
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