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

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

Steve Scalise (R-LA) began his monologue by deconstructing the title of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, which he read as "Urgent need for a plan".

"That's not the title of a hearing, that's a political narrative, a false political narrative", he added, because "if there wasn't a plan" there would not have been a hearing. "I do think it's really important to realize it's not public health versus the economy about school opening, it's public health versus public health of the K through 12 to get the schools open", he said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Subcommittee hearing on the Coronavirus crisis, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Almost 4.5 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and more than 150,000 have died.

Fauci suggested that a safe and effective vaccine could be ready for distribution in 2021, but that a mass nationwide vaccination should not be expected right away.

"And others that even did abide by it, the people that were in the state actually were congregating in crowds and not wearing masks", he added.

Fauci went on to say that he was "actively involved" in the administration's decision to restrict air travel to the US from Europe, and repeated, "Yes, I do" when Scalise asked if he agreed with the move and if he believed it saved American lives.

Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, a pediatric infectious disease expert, joins Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss her study, which found that "children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults". Jordan asked. "You make all kinds of recommendations". "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything ..."

Fauci said, however, he didn't believe moving back to a complete shutdown is necessary. "I'm telling you what it is - the danger - and you can make your own conclusion about that". That includes the need to wear masks, avoid crowds and practice good hand hygiene, he said. "We're seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID", he said.

But if the future looks encouraging, public health alarms are still going off in the present.

A veteran of six Republican and Democratic administrations, Fauci has become the most familiar face of the administration's coronavirus task force.

"That study is a flawed study", Fauci said.

When confronted with the fact it was peer-reviewed, Fauci demurred.

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

"And I don't judge one crowd versus another crowd".

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