First Lady Jill Biden plans to team up with Dr. Anthony Fauci to promote the coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, despite growing calls for his resignation.
Fauci and the First Lady will visit a vaccination site at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for the event, according to a White House advisory.
The showing demonstrates the White House is standing by Fauci despite recent scrutiny over his early emails from the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, Jill Biden praised Fauci as an “American hero” while the two visited a vaccination site in Washington, DC.
“Dr. Fauci’s here. You know who doesn’t love Dr. Fauci?” she asked reporters in the room. “I think every American loves Dr. Fauci.”
Fauci will also appear with the first lady for the Live with Kelly and Ryan show on Monday.
The White House on Thursday refused to comment on Fauci’s emails, praising the public health official for his “incredible role” in handling the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s obviously not advantageous for me to re-litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Sen. Josh Hawley on Friday joined calls from Republicans demanding Fauci resign.
Anthony Fauci’s recently released emails and investigative reporting about #COVID19 origins are shocking. The time has come for Fauci to resign and for a full congressional investigation into the origins of #COVID19 – and into any and all efforts to prevent a full accounting
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 4, 2021