Fauci responds to Trump's testing tweet at House coronavirus hearing

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

"As effective covid-19 vaccines emerge from our research effort, this manufacturing capability is going to be very important", Fauci said at the global symposium on vaccines against the covid-19 pandemic, hosted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

"When you sing and you protect your voice, the aerosols of the virus come out", he said, contradicting Centers for Disease Control recommendations on socially distanced worship.

Fauci said that he and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator on the coronavirus task force, warned those states' governors during a private call on Tuesday. Despite those advances, Dr. Fauci doesn't think the US will have to "depend" on other countries for a vaccine though.

"I do not believe that there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines", Dr. Fauci said. He added that while Europe dropped down to just a few thousand new cases a day, the US bottomed out at 20,000 new cases a day, which created a hard baseline with which to work.

Fauci also faced a series of questions from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, regarding the spread of the virus and ongoing protests against systemic racism.


"You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are", Fauci said during the combative parley.

"It's not a judgment, it's a public health statement", he said.

Fauci cited a 30,000-patient clinical trial by Moderna that began Monday.

The panel, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, remains divided about how to reopen schools and businesses, mirroring divisions among Americans. In recent weeks the virus has rebounded in the South and West, and now upticks are being seen in the Midwest. Problems with the availability and timeliness of testing continue to be reported. China has also been making rapid progress on a vaccine, according to various reports.

People in states that didn't follow the guidelines ignored guidance on wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and maintaining at least six feet from non-household members, Fauci added, saying: "Hopefully as we're going forward we can turn this around".


Under White House orders, federal health agencies and the Defense Department are carrying out a plan dubbed Operation Warp Speed to deliver 300 million vaccine doses on a compressed timeline.

"If we do that, hopefully we'll prevent multiple other states from becoming just like the southern states", he said.

"Any and all of the randomized placebo-controlled trials - which is the gold standard of determining if something is effective - none of them have shown any efficacy for hydroxychloroquine", said Fauci. In comparison, some 95 percent of some European countries shut down.

The U.S. also knocked back the initial spread, but it never got the background level of new cases quite as low.


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