Rep. Jordan questions Dr. Fauci on how protests are contributing to pandemic

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

Carlson credited Jordan for the exchange and said, "There is nothing Dr. Anthony Fauci won't opine on as long as it doesn't offend the popular and fashionable left".

"We feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021", Dr. Fauci said.

NIAID and India's department of biotechnology have had a partnership of more than 30 years through the Indo-US Vaccine Action Plan (VAP), and this is playing a role in monitoring India's research and development (R&D) efforts in vaccine development, Fauci added. Once that happens, though, he doesn't think "everybody will be able to get it all at once. I believe it's a reality (and) will be shown to be reality". The NIH is working with private companies to develop a vaccine, he said, and once they have a candidate in place, the Food and Drug Administration will look at the data and use science to vet the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. That will likely include essential workers and people at greater risk.

Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield and Assistant HHS Secretary Brett Giro on Friday testified before the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus.

The hearing comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases keep appearing at a worrisome pace. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) butted heads with Fauci over what he called the politicization of the COVID-19 response, especially the reopening of schools.

A rebound of cases across the South and the West has dashed hopes for a quick return to normal life. Testing bottlenecks remain a major issue. But he said the nation "cannot test our way out of this or any other pandemic", and urged the need for individual responsibility.

Responding to questioning by a House Democrat, Fauci says the scale of the USA outbreak is the result of multiple factors, including some states opened too quickly, disregarding federal guidelines.

Fauci, who made headlines in March by describing US testing efforts as a failing, repeatedly handed off questions about the current state of testing from Democrats critical of Trump to get him to characterize the current situation to witnesses more directly involved with that effort.

During Fauci's testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., asked Fauci if he was involved in the president's January order restricting travel from China. Dr. Fauci said the two viruses can't be compared. "You made comments on dating, baseball, and everything you can imagine". But we have seen all kinds of stuff like that during protests and we know that protests actually increase the spread of the virus.

"I'm not favoring anybody over anybody", Fauci replied. "I don't have any horse in the game, one way or the other".

Fauci said it was a complex question, but described some of the contributing factors.

Some Trump supporters have urged the president to sack Fauci, and the president's tweet raised the stakes.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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