Dr. Fauci Tells Senators The US Is "Going In The Wrong Direction"

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Dr. Fauci Tells Senators The US Is "Going In The Wrong Direction"

"If that's true and we'll take them on their word, then you and I and others could have a vaccine that we might be able to take in December or January or February", Fauci said. Hospitalizations have increased in 12 states, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told members of the Senate health committee.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) specifically urged Trump on Sunday to wear a mask in order to "help to get rid of this political debate", Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

"I have suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask, even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so", he said.

"The president has plenty of admirers, they would follow his lead", he added.

Though he didn't name names, some in the Republican contingent, President Donald Trump among them, have been downplaying the severity of the pandemic and accusing those businesses and political leaders who enforce precautions like mask-wearing to be infringing on their freedoms.

Asked to forecast the outcome of recent surges in some states, Fauci said he can't make an accurate prediction but believes it will be "very disturbing". "Anything that furthers the use of masks, whether it's giving out free masks or any other mechanism, I am thoroughly in favor of". States like Florida and Texas, which were among the last states to shutdown and the first states to reopen, risk progress made by states like NY and New Jersey, he said.

"Either be locked down or you see people in bars, not wearing masks, not avoiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing", Fauci described.

"I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, "hey it's summer".

Several southern and western states are seeing surging new case numbers, prompting some to put reopening plans on hold. "So we really have got to do something about that, and we need to do it quickly". "We must take personal responsibility and be disciplined about our own behavior". As for a vaccine, Fauci says that a safe and effective vaccine is not guaranteed, but experts are hopeful that doses will be available to the public by next year.

He said there was no guarantee of having vaccine to prevent infection soon, but that early data had left scientists "cautiously optimistic" for 2021.

In response to a question from Sen.

The panel also addressed the skepticism that still remains within the country over the safety of a vaccine.

The US is "unlikely" to achieve herd immunity to the coronavirus even with a vaccine, according to the country's leading public health expert, who warned that a "general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling" is likely to thwart vaccination efforts. "It's worked for us, but we clearly need to stay on our game". In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are in short supply.