Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' for COVID-19 vaccine in late fall or winter

  • Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' for COVID-19 vaccine in late fall or winter

Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' for COVID-19 vaccine in late fall or winter

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. Fauci went on to describe the "five fundamental principles" that could ensure we don't have to shut down again.

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. "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.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, testified in the House that a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year. Earlier this month, the White House blocked Redfield from testifying in the House, with a senior administration official telling reporters on condition of anonymity: "We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response".

Don't look for a mass nationwide vaccination right away, Fauci told lawmakers.

"Government has stopped people from going to work", Jordan continued. The three officials appeared before a special House panel investigating the government's pandemic response, itself sharply divided along party lines.

As of Thursday afternoon, that number has increased to 151,650 deaths, among more than 7.4 million cases of COVID-19. Testing bottlenecks remain a major issue.

Fauci clashed with Representative Jim Jordan at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Coronavirus, after the Ohio Republican demanded Fauci's opinion about whether protests should be curbed or eliminated to control the pandemic.

Fauci, who made headlines in March by describing USA 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. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, chaired the committee hearing.

He asked Fauci whether the protests are spreading coronavirus.

In his defense, Fauci said he was "not favoring one crowd versus another crowd". "You've made comments on dating, on baseball, on everything you can imagine".

Fauci said it's not his role to opine on curbing political protests. And I don't judge one crowd versus another crowd.

"Crowding together, particularly when you're not wearing a mask, contributes to the spread of the virus", Fauci said.

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

During the hearing Clyburn had displayed a chart showing rising cases in the US juxtaposed with lower levels across Europe. That caught the president's eye. "If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES".

Clyburn turned to Fauci for a real-time fact check.

Jordan also cited the Supreme Court's decision to reject a Nevada church's request to be subjected to the same COVID-19 restrictions that the state's casinos, restaurants, amusement parks, and other businesses must abide by.