Leading US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned Congress on Tuesday that while the federal government was working to produce a vaccine against the new coronavirus, its development could "take some time" to reach the market .
As a result, Fauci issued a testimony to a Senate health committee that the nation's efforts to combat the deadly virus and the COVID-19 disease it caused should "be based on best practices in public health containment and containment."
In a comment to the New York Times prior to the hearing, Fauci warned that taking the coronavirus pandemic too quickly to loosen restrictions on business and social life would jeopardize life and hinder economic recovery.
Fauci should tell a US Senate committee that states should not move forward without meeting the 14-day administrative guidelines with declining cases, the New York Times said, citing an email from Fauci. "If we skip the checkpoints … we risk multiple outbreaks across the country," quoted Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
"This will not only lead to unnecessary suffering and death, but will also put us back on our quest to return to normal." Fauci was due to appear on the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday after the White House prevented the 79-year-old infectious disease expert from testifying in front of a democratically controlled House of Representatives "counterproductive."
"All ways back to work and back to school are being tested and what our country has done testing so far is impressive, but far from enough," said Lamar Alexander, Republican chairman of the Senate Committee, in an opening speech at a hearing on Tuesday.
Alexander is also quarantined in his home state of Tennessee for 14 days after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Alexander conducted the hearing virtually. Republican President Donald Trump, who had previously focused on the strength of the economy for his re-election in November, has encouraged states to reopen companies that were not seen as essential in the pandemic. His government has largely left it up to the states to decide whether and how they should be reopened.
State governors are taking differing approaches, with an increasing number loosening strict restrictions to slow the outbreak, though polls show that most Americans are concerned about reopening too early, Senate Democratic Chairman Chuck Schumer said on Monday to MSNBC: "Dr. Fauci will do this." the opportunity to testify for the first time with Donald Trump who is not lurking over his shoulder. "
Schumer urged Fauci: "Tell us the truth. This is your obligation as a civil servant and as an American." Fauci participated in Trump-led briefings by the White House Task Force and coordinated Washington's response to the corona virus.
Others who testified on Tuesday included Robert Redfield, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deputy Secretary of Health Brett Giroir and Stephen Hahn, Commissioner for Food and Drug Administration. Everyone will testify from a distance.
Fauci, Redfield and Hahn took self-quarantine steps after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus that causes the highly contagious respiratory disease COVID-19.
The closure of coronavirus spreading companies has led to mass layoffs and the greatest economic disruption in the United States since the Great Depression nearly a century ago. But Trump and his task force faced questions about how to get US workers to safety, especially after two White House helpers tested positive for the virus. So far, the corona virus has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States, the highest number of deaths in a country.
Some experts say that testing for the virus continues to fail in most parts of the country to meet the requirements for safe reopening.
Senate Democrats, including Patty Murray, a high-ranking member of her party on the Senate Health Committee, urged Trump to allocate $ 25 billion to conduct tests.
It is expected that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may present a comprehensive coronavirus response bill this week, which is likely to provide more money for testing, new government and local government aid, and another round of direct payments to meet daily living expenses becomes. Congress has already provided trillions of dollars in emergency aid.
Republican Senate officials, some of whom have expressed doubts about the need for further federal aid, should meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
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