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Rep. Jordan questions Dr. Fauci on how protests are contributing to pandemic

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Deanna Wagner | 02 August, 2020, 18:26

The study of the first vaccine involving 30,000 people began this week.

Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts his face mask as he testifies at a House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., the United States, on July 31, 2020.

Trials are pivotal for establishing the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

Fauci answered questions from members of congress alongside US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, MD.

With hospitalizations and deaths on the rise in areas around the country, Fauci says Americans most again embrace public health basics such as social distancing and mask-wearing.

Fauci said in his AP interview that he's concerned because the USA has not followed the track of Asian and European nations also hit hard by the coronavirus.

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

"I believe ultimately over a period of time in 2021, if we have - and I think we will have - a safe and effective vaccine, that Americans will be able to get it", he said.

"If we tested less, there would be less cases. And here's Fraud Fauci preparing us to become timid and afraid, preparing us to be scared to leave our home during the sniffle season, preparing us to do anything the government demands for our own good". On Friday, Fauci refused to say whether large protests should also be suspended. "You made comments on dating, baseball, and everything you can imagine".

"If we tested less, there would be less cases", is quite a statement.

"That study is a flawed study", said Fauci, stressing it wasn't a randomized, placebo-controlled trial and that patients also received corticosteroids, which in a separate study exhibited benefits for seriously ill patients.

"The administration's approach of deferring to states, sidelining experts and rushing to reopen has prolonged this virus and led to thousands of preventable deaths", said panel Chairman James Clyburn, who denounced Trump's coronavirus response as "among the worst of any country in the world". "But no limit to protests, but, boy, you can't go to church on Sunday". And the resurgence of Covid-19 in the Sunbelt in recent weeks has driven the number of new daily cases back up into the 60,000-70,000 range. More than 4.5 million cases of the disease have been confirmed in the USA, according to Johns Hopkins University, or more than five times the total number of reported cases in Italy, France and Spain combined. "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". At best, I think that claims to have a vaccine ready for sale before testing it are problematic.