Dr. Fauci resists Republican effort to turn testimony against protesters

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

Perhaps ironically, during this same hearing where Scalise lamented the politicizing of a health care crisis, his Republican colleague Jim Jordan repeatedly tried to make USA chief immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci voice his opinion on whether the government should limit or ban Black Lives Matter protests over coronavirus concerns as it did with businesses and large gatherings.

Fauci urged everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to protect themselves as well as others from infection - to stop transmission and prevent future outbreaks.

"Should we limit the protesting?"

Dr. Colin Greene, the director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, gave five ways that everyone can contribute to ending the spread of COVID-19.

Fact's first: CNN's fact check team has reported that Trump's officials and his Republican allies have acknowledged it's not true that a rising number of tests is the reason the number of cases has skyrocketed over the last month.

"They've really got to jump all over that because if they don't then you might see the surge we saw in some of the Southern states", he told the AP.

"Eleven vaccines were reviewed by a panel that provided recommendations for how these candidates might be further developed and assessed, and we look forward to continuing this involvement and supporting the vaccine R&D efforts", Fauci said. "I don't think we will have everybody getting it immediately", Fauci explained. "You've made comments on dating, on baseball, on everything you can imagine".

The trial, which will be conducted at USA clinical research sites, is expected to enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers who do not have COVID-19.

"When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down and even though it created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50% in the sense of the totality of the country, which means when we reached our peak, as they did they came down nearly to a low baseline", Dr. Fauci explained.

"So you're allowed to protest - millions of people on one day, in crowds, yelling, screaming - but you try to run your business, you get arrested?" Jordan asked the question again.

"I just have to go with the data", he said.

Trump appeared to be watching, tweeting insults at the media and Democrats and insisting that the high case numbers in the USA were due to increased testing - an assertion that his own administration has repeatedly said is not true. "If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES".

Trump later tweeted video of the exchange, adding: "Great job by Jim Jordan, and also some very good statements by Tony Fauci". This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon.

The current pandemic has shown that COVID-19 hits some communities at higher rates, especially African Americans and Latinos, where the disparities are fueled in part by underlying health conditions and structural discrimination.

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