US Health Officials Bemoan Conspiracy Theories Hampering Virus Response

This still from video streamed by the Senate HELP Committee shows Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID, pushes back against unscientific assertions made about the Covid-19 virus from Senator Rand Paul during a lengthy hearing Wednesday. (Image via Courthouse News)

WASHINGTON (CN) — Shooting down a “deep-state” conspiracy theory on the Covid-19 vaccine and eviscerating an unscientific claim that herd immunity lowered virus transmissions in hard-hit New York City were just two items on a packed agenda for public health officials called Wednesday to testify before Congress on the state of the pandemic.

It was a scene reminiscent of earlier hearings hosted by the Republican-controlled Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, fielded curt questions from Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, on the very science underpinning what the nation’s top experts know so far about

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