U.S. NIH head Collins says Fauci demonization is distressing

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said on Friday that criticism of the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci was distressing.

“It is somewhat distressing to see how some have demonized Tony for telling the truth,” Collins said on Friday during a National Press Club conference in Washington D.C.

President Donald Trump has criticized Fauci and other public health officials, calling them idiots.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; writing by Caroline Humer; editing by Chris Reese)

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