Fauci ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ COVID-19 Vaccine Will Ready in 2021
This is what he told a House committee this week
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll soaring in the United States, three of the Trump administration’s top health officials — Infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield and Brett Giroir of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) — were pressed this morning by a Democratic-led House panel about the ongoing crisis.
Giroir, a top federal health official overseeing coronavirus testing, touted the Trump administration’s efforts but testified that “we cannot test our way out of this or any other pandemic.” Giroir acknowledged that getting results back to all patients within two to three days is not possible at this time. Giroir said 75 percent of test results are coming back within five days.
Once again, Fauci said he was optimistic that a vaccine is possible this year, and later gave a forceful denunciation of a study — touted by President Donald Trump — claiming the drug hydroxychloroquine has saved the lives of coronavirus patients. At one point, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tried to get Fauci to weigh in on whether protests were more acceptable than going to school or church. Fauci would not engage, maintaining that his public-health position is that being in a crowd increases the possibility of transmission.
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