Coronavirus: US officials warn 'this is just the beginning'

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"Perhaps in some, they're going too quickly and skipping over some of the checkpoints, but even in states which the leadership in the form of the governors and mayors did it right, with the right recommendations, what we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomena, which is risky".

At Tuesday's hearing, Fauci initially declined to directly answer a question by Sen.

The United States government's top infectious diseases expert on Tuesday warned that daily COVID-19 cases could more than double if Americans fail to take countermeasures and cautioned against pinning hopes on a vaccine.

The US is "going in the wrong direction" with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr Anthony Fauci told senators today some regions are putting the entire country at risk - just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. "It's worked for us, but we clearly need to stay on our game". For now, the committee's leading Republican stressed wearing a mask - and said Trump, who notoriously shuns them, needs to start because politics is getting in the way of protecting the American people.

"What we have seen in several states are different iterations of that [guidelines]", Fauci testified.

Fauci, with a chuckle, asked the committee chairman for time to respond and explained that he has never said sports leagues can't resume play. As for a vaccine, Fauci says that a safe and effective vaccine is not guaranteed, but experts are hopeful that doses will be available to the public by next year.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said vaccine makers also must test their shots in diverse populations, including minorities, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems. "We have an obligation to use all of our scientific knowledge, our regulatory framework to ensure that any vaccine that comes before us, whether for authorization or approval, meets our stringent standards for safety and effectiveness".

"All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is, 'We can't do this, we can't do that".

Murray also called for a comprehensive, national vaccine plan to avoid repeating the mistakes that led to delays in widespread testing, and senators from both parties expressed concern about a lack of public trust in vaccinations.

In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are in short supply.

"If you were listening, and I think you were, to my opening statement", Fauci said to Paul, "I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school".

During the conference, he said about half of all new infections are located in four states.

Indeed, earlier in Tuesday's hearing, Sen.

Graffiti depicting US President Trump, right, and China's President Xi Jinping kissing each other with face masks, displayed at a wall in Berlin, Germany.

With the virus on the rise in most US states, the European Union has excluded the United States from its initial "safe list" of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel beginning on Wednesday.



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