Fauci, Redfield testify on Covid-19 reopening

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

"That's a recipe for disaster", Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN in an interview broadcast on Monday.

The hearing took place as Republican governors of newly hard hit states, including Texas and Florida, have been rescinding reopening plans in the face of surging cases of he virus that has killed at least 124,000 people in the US since February.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said during a Senate hearing Tuesday that he was "very disturbed" by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and said it's conceivable that the us could see as many as 100,000 new infections a day should trends continue.

Speaking to the Senate HELP Committee hearing, Fauci said "the Chinese, over the last week or two have identified a virus - in the environment - it has not yet shown to be infecting humans, but it is exhibiting what we call reassortment capability". "So we really have got to do something about that, and we need to do it quickly".

"I think the numbers speak for themselves", Fauci said. "I would settle for [a] 70%, 75% effective vaccine".

Earlier this month, Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association there are four or five trials underway for vaccine candidates, and he expects the US will have millions of doses of a vaccine by year's end.

Dr. Fauci said "there is no guarantee" that ongoing efforts will produce a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection by the virus, pouring cold water on hopes for a quick fix to the health crisis.

Fauci gave his bleak assessment in response to questions during his latest appearance on Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers on the state of the pandemic as new infections are rampant across much of the South and West, with hospitalizations escalating in a dozen states.

"If you look at what's going on and just look at some of the film clips that you've seen of people congregating, often without masks, of being in crowds and jumping over and avoiding, and not paying attention to the guidelines that we very carefully put out we're going to continue to be in a lot of trouble and there's going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop", Fauci said.

They would either test groups, or "pools", of people or have community groups do contact tracing in person rather than by phone. "Donald Trump failed us", the 77-year-old former vice president said in a speech in DE, where he unveiled an updated plan to tackle the pandemic. "Make public health work for you as opposed to against you". "There are others when the leadership did it right, but the citizenry didn't listen to them".

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