Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci issues strong warnings to 4 states experiencing 'slight increase' in percentage of positive tests

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.

During the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing, Jordan grilled Fauci on whether the last two months of protests have spread the coronavirus.

In his defense, Fauci said he was "not favoring one crowd versus another crowd". Jordan asked. "And if you stood right outside of that same business and protested you wouldn't get arrested?"

"When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down and even though it created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50% in the sense of the totality of the country, which means when we reached our peak, as they did they came down nearly to a low baseline", Dr. Fauci explained. He gave similar responses when Scalise asked about the restriction of travel from the United Kingdom and the rollout of the administration's "15 days to slow the spread" and "30 days to slow the spread" guidelines earlier this year.

In a clip, Dr. Fauci said, "When you actually look at what we did even though we shut down, even though it created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50%".

States reopening without following federal guidelines crafted with his input led to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Friday.

For months, pundits have speculated about a rift between Trump and Fauci as the latter's national profile has risen during the pandemic. He also expressed caution over taking Fauci's advice and claimed the adviser fought Trump on his decision to ban travel from China. "You make comments on dating, on baseball and everything you could imagine".

"I don't know how many times I can answer that", Fauci replied.

This week, as the death toll reached 150,000 in the US, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis heard testimony from the nation's top public health officials charged with leading the federal government's response to the pandemic. "I don't think that we'll have everybody getting it immediately in the beginning".

"Some were followed very carefully and some were not", he said.

The U.S. has done much to ramp up testing for COVID-19, Giroir said, administering more than 820,000 tests per day, on average.

Fauci, who made headlines in March by describing USA testing efforts as a failing, also resisted efforts by Democrats to criticize the Trump administration response to the virus, frequently handing off questions about the current state of testing and other matters to his fellow panellists.

Asked if it's possible to deliver coronavirus test results to patients within 48 to 72 hours, Giroir acknowledged "it is not a possible benchmark we can achieve today given the demand and supply".



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