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NIAID director Anthony Fauci called criticism against him "completely inappropriate, distorted, misleading, and misrepresented attacks."

Details: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow asked Biden's chief medical adviser if he worried about being the subject of personal attacks as the public face of the federal government's coronavirus response, but Fauci said he was more concerned about the "attack on science."

What he's saying: "I mean, it is what it is. I'm a public figure. I'm going to take the arrows and the slings. But they're just, they're fabricated, that's just what it is," Fauci said.

  • "My job was to make a vaccine and use my institute and these talented scientists that we have there and that we fund in the various universities to get a vaccine that was highly safe and highly effective, and we succeeded."
  • "I've become the object of extraordinary, I believe, completely inappropriate, distorted, misleading and misrepresented attacks which, you know, it is what it is, but it's happening and that's unfortunate," he lated added.

The big picture: Some of Fauci's emails were released by several news outlets via a Freedom of Information Act request, leading to a new rise in attacks that accuse him of lying about the origin of the virus, Politico reports.

  • Fauci said that it's important to investigate how the virus started, but that the effort to do so "is being approached now in a very vehement way, in a very distorted way, I believe, by attacking me."
  • Republican lawmakers continue to call for his ouster with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introducing a bill called the "Fire Fauci Act."

What to watch: Former President Donald Trump plans to single Fauci out as he returns to the political stage on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, Fauci and the first lady are visiting a vaccination site in Harlem and will appear together Monday on "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

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No. 2 CDC official: U.S. isn't ready for the next pandemic

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The U.S. health care system was "overwhelmed" by COVID-19's "complex, systemwide assault" and remains unprepared for another pandemic, Anne Schuchat, the No. 2 official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday interview on NPR's Morning Edition.

What she's saying: The U.S. response "wasn't a good performance," Schuchat, the principal deputy CDC director, said. "But another threat tomorrow, we're not where we need to be. We're still battling this one."

Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction moratorium as deadline looms

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President Biden called on Congress on Thursday to extend the CDC's national eviction moratorium due to the threat of the Delta variant, after the Supreme Court ruled that the administration couldn't extend it past July 31 without specific legislation.

Why it matters: Millions of tenants across the country face the threat of eviction in the coming days. The moratorium was first implemented in September 2020 and extended several times to prevent a wave of evictions caused by pandemic-related economic decline.

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The mental health deal boom

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The positive social media response to Simone Biles withdrawing from Olympic competition highlights how the artificial line between health care and mental health care is finally beginning to dissolve. And startup investors have taken notice.

By the numbers: Venture capital investments in mental health startups rose 72.6% between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, per CB Insights.