The White House has defended the president’s top coronavirus adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, amid scrutiny of his recently released work emails.

Press secretary Jen Psaki said Dr Fauci had been an “undeniable asset” in the US response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Fauci meanwhile told CNN an email exchange of his on the virus lab leak theory was being taken out of context. There is no proof Covid-19 came from a lab, though US President Joe Biden has ordered a review into the matter.

Mr Biden meanwhile announced the US would donate 25 million doses of surplus coronavirus vaccine to Covax, the global facility designed to distribute vaccines fairly.

Ms Psaki said at her daily press briefing on Thursday: “The president and the administration feel that Dr Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control, being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic.”

A trove of Dr Fauci’s emails covering the onset of the coronavirus outbreak – 3,200 pages, many of them redacted – were released this week to media under a freedom of information request.

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