Perhaps ironically, during this same hearing where Scalise lamented the politicizing of a health care crisis, his Republican colleague Jim Jordan repeatedly tried to make United States chief immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci voice his opinion on whether the government should limit or ban Black Lives Matter protests over coronavirus concerns as it did with businesses and large gatherings. And that's the reason why we have the committees to do the prioritization of who should get it first.
At the start of the hearing, congressional Republicans and Democrats clashed about whether the Trump administration had a national strategy to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some of the highlights from the hearing.
Discussing the key aspects that will help reduce in lag between the trials and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Fauci said that it is important to ensure regulatory standards and review, harmonised data monitoring which will foster comparability, and financing the advanced vaccine production. Once that happens, though, he doesn't think "everybody will be able to get it all at once". It probably will be phased in.
For example, she said "Operation Warp Speed", the Trump administration's name for the push to deliver an effective COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021, sends the wrong message.
When Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., asked if vaccine development has been rushed or compromised, Fauci said no safety steps have been eliminated in the approval process.
"I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone", he said.
The study of the first vaccine involving 30,000 people began this week.
In testimony with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Fauci said he thought an effective coronavirus vaccine "will be shown to be a reality".
But COVID-19 is deadlier than the swine flu, and she says the current opposition to a coronavirus vaccine is rooted in a climate of conflicting information.
"You've opined on a lot of things, Dr. Fauci", Jordan responded.
"I'm not favouring anybody over anybody", Fauci replied.
Fauci said the USA did not shut down at the same level that Europe did.
People in states that didn't follow the guidelines ignored guidance on wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and maintaining at least six feet from non-household members, Fauci added, saying: "Hopefully as we're going forward we can turn this around". "I'm telling you what it is - the danger - and you can make your own conclusion about that".
Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing on Friday acknowledged that the U.S. remains unable to deliver all COVID-19 test results within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently.
"There are certain fundamentals", he said, "the staples of what you need to do. one is universal wearing of masks".
Lawmakers pressed Giroir about the availability of tests and long wait times.
"I do not believe it would disappear because it is such a highly transmissible virus". High numbers of new cases cloud the nation's path. "We're seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID", he said.
Trump has for months touted the benefits of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for people infected with coronavirus, despite the fact that early on, no clinical trials had been completed proving the drug safe and effective.
Dr. Colin Greene, the director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, gave five ways that everyone can contribute to ending the spread of COVID-19.
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