Fauci to testify before Congress as coronavirus cases surge in U.S.

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Top U.S. infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci says Kentucky is among the states he's anxious are showing early symptoms of a more serious coronavirus surge.

The head of the operation, Moncef Slaoui, said Thursday he wouldn't be surprised if a vaccine turned out to be 90% effective against the virus, but Fauci said only time will tell.

That's where Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who's been skeptical of restrictions meant to stem the virus' spread, tried to get Fauci to distinguish between protests against racism in the US and bans on businesses reopening amid the pandemic.

Fauci also faced a series of questions from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, regarding the spread of the virus and ongoing protests against systemic racism.

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 US cases could ultimately reach 100,000 per day.

More than 4.4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States with the fatalities reaching 150,090 as of Wednesday evening, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. He added that while Europe dropped down to just a few thousand new cases a day, the US bottomed out at 20,000 new cases a day, which created a hard baseline with which to work.

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"The administration's approach of deferring to states, sidelining experts and rushing to reopen has prolonged this virus and led to thousands of preventable deaths", said panel Chairman James Clyburn, who denounced Trump's coronavirus response as "among the worst of any country in the world".

Dr. Anthony Fauci, now 79, was warning about the deadly potential of pandemics long before COVID-19 first surfaced in Mainland China in late 2019.

"Obviously, the southern states that really experienced a significant surge", Fauci mentioned, naming Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. "Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces".

Trump tweeted as a House oversight committee heard from the nation's top health officials on the federal response to coronavirus. "I would think that five [days] is good. The thing we're extraordinarily confident about is that we're going to see this in the next few years".

As the start of the school year grows closer, officials are tasked with balancing public concern over children's safety with the impact virtual learning could have on their education and welfare.

"Some states are not doing that", he said.

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