Anthony Fauci Emphatically Denies Rift With Trump

Anthony Fauci Emphatically Denies Rift With Trump

The hearing will begin at around 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET on May 12th, and you can watch it live in the embedded YouTube video we've included below or on the Senate's website.

In a separate development, White House staff have been ordered to wear masks when entering the West Wing after two aides tested positive for coronavirus.

Bernie Sanders called on top USA health officials Tuesday to guarantee that a Covid-19 vaccine - once one is developed - be made available to all Americans regardless of their ability to pay for it.

Researchers think recovering from a COVID-19 infection may in fact lend some protection against future infections.

"My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks", he said.

Tuesday's hearing was Dr Fauci's first congressional appearance since Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency on 13 March, and it was reported that the scientist was barred from testifying at an earlier House hearing.

The testimony from the top health officials leading the Trump administration's coronavirus response comes as some states have made a decision to reopen their economies and as negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the next Covid-19 stimulus package have been paused until late May or early June.

"One thing is abundantly clear: we need dramatically more testing", said Sen.

"No. There is certainly not a confrontational relationship between me and the president", Fauci answered.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Fauci himself is in "modified quarantine" after Vice President Mike Pence's spokeswoman - who he had no close contact with - tested positive.

With the USA economy in free-fall and more than 30 million people unemployed, Trump has been pressuring states to reopen.

Senate Democrats, including Patty Murray, her party's senior member on the Senate health committee, called on Trump to allocate $25 billion in funding to ramp up testing. The guidelines are based on 14 days of gradually decreasing cases. Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), also testified on Tuesday and said that vulnerable populations, including children, would be included in Phase 2 and Phase 3 testing.

"The consequences could be really serious", Fauci tells the Senate Health, Labor and Pensions committee.

Fauci responded: "I think we better be careful that we're not cavalier, in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects". Most significantly, Trump will not be controlling the agenda.

In his comments, Fauci referred to a three-phase White House plan 'Open America Again, ' which guides states wishing to reopen their economies.

While agreeing that children, on the whole, do much better than adults with COVID-19, Fauci noted recent reports of severe disease among children and said that the way the virus affects them still not well understood.

"I think people are often being sometimes falsely misled, other times just having a false sense of hope, that that vaccine would be readily available", Levine said during the press briefing.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that Americans might not be able to safely return to school in the fall, citing not enough progress on developing a vaccine.

"It's sobering, it's bluntly frightening", de Blasio said, "and I want to say to parents out there, if you're hearing this information about pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome and it sounds scary, it does sound scary". "Certain countries are setting themselves up for some seriously blind driving over the next few months".

"We have a very large country". But experts say the technology only supplements and does not replace labour-intensive human work.

Experts say testing as well as contact tracing are two key components to opening up the country safely.

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