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Dr. Fauci Says WH Rose Garden SCOTUS Event Was a COVID-19 'Superspreader'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/9/2020 Matthew Impelli
a group of people sitting at a table in front of a crowd: Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. © Olivier Douliery/Getty Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the White House Rose Garden event on September 26 to mark the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett was a coronavirus "superspreader."

"Well, I think the data speaks for themselves. We had a superspreader event in the White House," the nation's leading infectious disease expert told CBS News Radio on Friday. "And it was in a situation where people were crowded together without wearing masks, so the data speaks for themselves."

President Donald Trump officially announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court last month, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Less than a week after the White House ceremony, the president said that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the novel virus. A number of other White House staff members and Republican lawmakers who attended the event also confirmed they were diagnosed with COVID-19 as well.

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Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Gallery: How the White House coronavirus outbreak unfolded from a possible superspreader event in the Rose Garden (Business Insider)

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