Trump says Fauci is "wrong" about coronavirus cases surge

Epidemiologist Dr Anthony Fauci is one of the most trusted public figures in America

"Regrettably, almost six months after this virus claimed its first American life, the federal government has still not yet developed and implemented a national strategy to protect the American people", Chair Clyburn said.

Fauci said the US did not shut down at the same level that Europe did.

"We know the body can make an adequate response against this virus" after 2 shots of a vaccine being evaluated, Fauci stated. Not all patients who volunteer for clinical trials are eligible to participate.

Fauci also warned the panel that the COVID 19 pandemic would not go away as quickly.

Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday.

But if the future looks encouraging, public health alarms are still going off in the present.

Fauci expressed cautious optimism that by late fall to early winter, the USA may have a vaccine that is safe and effective.

Carlson has been critical of Fauci several times on his program, including earlier this week, calling him "a hypocritical buffoon". Dr. Fauci said the two viruses can't be compared.

The Times reported that Trump was annoyed that Fauci had been asked by the Nationals to throw a pitch so made a decision to one-up him.

Fauci's testimony comes at the end of a month in which U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by nearly 25,000 and cases doubled in at least 18 states, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.

While state and local governments lock down bars and restaurants, and limit large gatherings like worship services, mass protests and demonstrations have been left free to flood city streets.

U.S. Congressman James Clyburn said the coronavirus is "raging out of control", while Trump sidelines the country's public health and science experts.

The infectious diseases expert admitted he was not in a position to recommend what the government should do to contain the virus. Giroir says about 75% of testing results are coming back within five days, but the remainder are taking longer.

"You make all kinds of recommendations", Jordan retorted.

Reality check: The recent rise in COVID-19 cases was not just down to increased testing because the number of new infections has risen faster than the number of completed tests, Axios' Orion Rummler notes.

The U.S. COVID-19 cases reached 4.5 million with over 152,000 fatalities as of Friday afternoon, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. "As you mentioned we clearly see there are consequences, decrease in immunizations of children, the lack of cancer screening, consequences for surgeries that are semi-elective". "Because claims of having a vaccine, ready to distribute before you do testing, I think, is problematic, at best".

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