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Sisonke trial chief springs to Fauci’s defence after rightwing attacks

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Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, co-leader on the Sisonke trial in which half a million health workers received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, has lashed out at the right wing in America for discrediting Dr Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases adviser to the US presidency.

Fauci’s e-mails were hacked and released recently, with Republicans lambasting him for “flip-flopping” on Covid-19 research and for being soft on China and attendant theories on the origins of the virus.

Speaking at Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Bekker said: “The anti-vax world has been alive through all of this, as have the links to the rightwing aspects of what we saw during the previous [Trump] US administration...

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