A Covid-19 related hearing on the Hill saw a vivid clash between GOP congressman Jim Jordan and Dr. Anthony Fauci over the risk of protests, while other Democrats and Republicans didn't miss the chance to score political points.
"I believe ultimately over a period of time in 2021, if we have - and I think we will have - a safe and effective vaccine, that Americans will be able to get it", he said. "One can never guarantee the safety or effectiveness unless you do the trial, but we are cautiously optimistic this will be successful".
All three health officials testified in the Senate a month ago, during which Fauci told lawmakers that the federal government is "not in total control" of the outbreak and warned USA cases could ultimately reach 100,000 per day.
President Donald Trump during the hearing said the reason the United States has more confirmed CCP virus cases than Europe is because of more testing.
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And Rep.Jim Jordan, R-Ohio tried to press Fauci into saying that demonstrations against police violence toward Black Americans spread the virus and should be curbed.
Trump tweeted: "Somebody please tell Congressman Clyburn, who doesn't have a clue, that the chart he put up indicating more CASES for the U.S. than Europe, is because we do MUCH MORE testing than any other country in the World".
The United States has recorded almost 1.8 million new COVID-19 cases in July out of its total 4.5 million known infections, an increase of 66 per cent with many states yet to report on Friday. "If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES". When Fauci said he was not in a position to make such a recommendation, the lawmaker retorted: "You make all kinds of recommendations".
"Their appearance follows reports that more than 1,000 Americans died from the coronavirus yesterday, the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in more than a month, as the number of new cases continues to rise", they said. "I have to go with the data".
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Jordan then asked Fauci, "Should the government limit the protesting?"
"Eleven vaccines were reviewed by a panel that provided recommendations for how these candidates might be further developed and assessed, and we look forward to continuing this involvement and supporting the vaccine R&D efforts", Fauci said. I'm telling you what is the danger, and you can make your own conclusion about that. On Friday, Fauci refused to say whether large protests should also be suspended. "You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are".
"That study is a flawed study", said Fauci, stressing it wasn't a randomized, placebo-controlled trial and that patients also received corticosteroids, which in a separate study exhibited benefits for seriously ill patients.
"There are certain fundamentals", he said, "the staples of what you need to do. one is universal wearing of masks". This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon.
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