Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Dr. Fauci Tells Senators The US Is "Going In The Wrong Direction"

Fauci doubts effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine in US due to anti-vaxxers Fauci Warns US 'Unlikely' To Reach Herd Immunity If Too Many Refuse Vaccine
Gustavo Carr | 01 July, 2020, 04:30

"It puts the entire country at risk".

Unless Americans wear masks and recommit to social distancing, the daily increase in new cases nationwide, now around 40,000, could reach 100,000, Fauci told a US Senate committee.

"I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned", Fauci said.

That grave figure could become a reality if country continued to flout recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most prominent individual to refuse to wear a mask, of course, is the president. "They would follow his lead", Alexander said. "If you're against Trump, you do", Alexander said. "Anything that furthers the use of masks, whether it's giving out free masks or any other mechanism, I am thoroughly in favor of". "We're developing the plan as we speak", Redfield stated.

"We've got to be able to get people to get out and enjoy themselves within the safe guidelines that we have", Fauci said.

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

Dr Fauci himself said he feels "very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get our children back to school".

"The American people should know that we have not lost sight of our responsibility to maintain our regulatory independence and ensure that our decisions related to all medical products, including those related to Covid-19 vaccines, are based on sound science and the available data", FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the panel.

"If you want the return of college football this year, wear a face covering", Adams said.

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

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Fauci and other US health officials also testified about the need to build up confidence in vaccination, in anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine becoming available in the future.

Fauci said it's unlikely any vaccine will be 100% protective against the coronavirus, and he noted the best vaccine available, which protects against measles, is 97% effective with two doses.

Fauci further warned against states skipping steps on reopening.

Fauci said that recent images of Americans gathering in bars or other crowds foreshadow a greater spike in infections that "is going to be very disturbing ..."

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

"There are some states in which the leadership and the decision [to open up] was a little too precipitous", he said.

When Murray pressed Redfield about a timeline for the vaccine plan, he said it would be in "the near weeks ahead". "Clearly we are not in total control right now".

Health officials across the U.S. have expressed growing concern about the nation's ability and willingness to slow or end the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs, as businesses and schools shut to curtail the virus.