Fauci: COVID-19 cases could reach 100000 a day in the US

Fauci doubts effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine in US due to anti-vaxxers

He warned that if we do not get the situation under control, the USA could see more than 100,000 new cases every day.

Testifying in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Dr. Fauci said he is "very concerned about what's going on right now, particularly in the four states that are accounting for about 50% of the new infections".

Fauci explained that when several different strains of a virus simultaneously infect the same host, such as a pig, they can exchange genetic information.

Asked how the United States is performing on contact tracing, Fauci said: "I don't think we're doing very well".

Fauci said G4 is still in the examination stage - "It's not so-called, an immediate threat". "We need to do something about that and we need to do it very quickly".

The G4 virus, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused the 2009 pandemic, was described in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

Now, as some states see the number of cases tick up dramatically, political leaders are actually reversing some of those original reopenings.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, said at the hearing that he personally urged President Donald Trump to wear a mask. States like Florida and Texas, which were among the last states to shutdown and the first states to reopen, risk progress made by states like NY and New Jersey, he said. During testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Tuesday, Fauci said it's hard to precisely predict how bad the spread of the virus will get, but said he believes it will be "very disturbing".

"I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, "hey it's summer".

"We've got to get the message out we're all in this together". He also suggested "pool testing " a potential tool for public schools attempting to reopen in the fall.

Fauci said that he's "aspirationally hopeful" that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready in early 2021, though he cautioned that there's no guarantee that a safe vaccine will be developed.

He noted that remdesivir, an antiviral medication, has shown a reduction in hospitalization days among COVID-19 patients.

"Public confidence in vaccines is so important", Redfield said.

New Zealand declared the country infection-free on 8 June, and since then has had to contain several cases that came from global travellers.

The testimony comes as the United States, the world's hardest-hit nation, with more than 2.6 million infections, was left off the list of 15 countries to which the European Union will open its borders from July the 1st, and as it grapples with how to assure a safe reopening of schools in the coming months.

The president himself has bucked conventional wisdom on slowing the spread of COVID-19, holding large in-person events as part of his reelection campaign.

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