GOP House member demands Fauci, Birx exit stage over pandemic handling

'Their policies and solutions do not value and protect ALL lives,' Rep. Andy Biggs says.

Updated: August 10, 2020 - 10:08am

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    The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is urging Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx to step aside from the White House coronavirus response team, arguing their prescriptions for the pandemic have done more harm than good.

    “Their policies and solutions do not value and protect ALL lives. Our future depends on these two exiting the stage immediately," Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., wrote in a column for Townhall over the weekend.

    In a tweet, he added: “Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have ca(u)sed more damage to this nation with their COVID-19 prescriptions than can ever be restored."

    Fauci and Birx have repeatedly defended their work, saying the ebb and rise of coronavirus has been the result of states failing to stay locked down long enough and not an outcome of their recommendations.

    Biggs sharply rejected those arguments in his article, suggesting Fauci has been leading the nation's infectious disease agency for too long and seemed more interested in publicity like magazine covers and baseball game appearances than research.

    "The sell-by date of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s usefulness has expired. He should exit the public stage that he so obviously enjoys. His long tenure as a healthcare bureaucrat should come to an end. He has proven more adept as a showman than as a doctor," the lawmaker wrote.