Jordan grills Fauci on protests spreading coronavirus

  • Jordan grills Fauci on protests spreading coronavirus

Jordan grills Fauci on protests spreading coronavirus

The piecemeal approach to control the virus in the USA has been scrutinized and the subject of debate, especially as other countries have seemingly managed to control its spread and lower the number of infections.

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.

A veteran of six Republican and Democratic administrations, Fauci has become the most familiar face of the administration's coronavirus task force. "Do you see the inconsistency though, Dr. Fauci?"

Reiterating earlier statements, Fauci said he was "cautiously optimistic" that a vaccine would be available in 2021. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) butted heads with Fauci over what he called the politicization of the COVID-19 response, especially the reopening of schools.

"I said crowds", said Fauci.

"In fact, there are many, very internationally respected doctors that are involved in each of those and large, would you say that you and President Trump have been in agreement on most of those decisions?" Once that happens, though, he doesn't think "everybody will be able to get it all at once. It'll probably be phased in", he said, adding that a committee is working to determine how to prioritize vaccine distribution early on.

Dr. Fauci added that the US government is taking a "financial risk" to start developing doses of vaccines that have yet to be approved in safety and efficacy.

Fauci responded: "We were in agreement on virtually all of those".

"Crowding together, particularly when you're not wearing a mask, contributes to spreading the virus", Fauci said when asked about protests spreading COVID-19.

Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing on Friday acknowledged that the USA remains unable to deliver all COVID-19 test results within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently. "If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES", he wrote on Twitter, adding: "This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon".

He also noted that some states had better success at following reopening guidelines than others.

As CNN reported, Russian Federation intends to be the first county in the world to approve a vaccine within the next two weeks.

Fauci said the US did not shut down at the same level that Europe did.

This week, Trump, who has often bristled against scientists' advice on responding to the pandemic, bemoaned the degree to which Fauci is admired, saying "nobody likes me. I'm just asking should we try to limit the protesting?" Jordan asked. "And if you stood right outside of that same business and protested you wouldn't get arrested?" "You made comments on dating, baseball, and everything you can imagine".

Jordan, one of Trump's most stalwart allies in Congress, has also been a Fauci critic. "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything". I'm telling you what is the danger, and you can make your own conclusion about that.