Fauci went on to say that he was "actively involved" in the administration's decision to restrict air travel to the USA from Europe, and repeated, "Yes, I do" when Scalise asked if he agreed with the move and if he believed it saved American lives.
"As I've said often and I'll repeat it for the record now: There's never a guarantee that you're going to get a safe and effective vaccine, but from everything we've seen now, in the animal data, as well as the early human data", Dr. Fauci said. More than a quarter-million Americans have volunteered to take part in clinical trials, the doctor said on Friday.
Asked if it's possible to deliver coronavirus test results to patients within 48 to 72 hours, Giroir acknowledged "it is not a possible benchmark we can achieve today given the demand and supply".
Asked to respond, Fauci said the increase in cases was primarily due to states reopening too quickly.
Democrats said the Trump administration initially prevented Fauci from testifying to the panel by saying he was unavailable for the entire month of July and relented only after House Majority Whip James Clyburn wrote to Vice President Mike Pence.
"If we tested less, there would be less cases", is quite a statement.
Though Fauci gets push-back from White House officials, other medical experts in the administration are on the same page when it comes to the public health message.
Jordan then went so far as to claim Fauci had said "protests increase the spread" of coronavirus. "You make comments on dating, on baseball and everything you could imagine".
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.
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. The deal with the USA government follows the $1.95 billion agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to produce 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine once it gains approval from US regulators. The U.S. also has the most novel coronavirus deaths, almost 158,000. But the veteran of battles against AIDS and Ebola has stuck to his message, while carefully avoiding open confrontations with the Trump White House. "I'm telling you what it is the danger". "Because claims of having a vaccine, ready to distribute before you do testing, I think, is problematic, at best".
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