Fauci: U.S. could reach 100,000 new cases a day
"I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around", he told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which convened to discuss plans for reopening schools and work offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
He reiterated Sunday that several companies say that by the beginning of 2021 and into next year, there will be hundreds of millions of doses available. Currently, more than 140 are being tested. Republicans remain divided on the size and scale of the upcoming stimulus bill, and while it has been debated for months, the next phase of economic relief is still weeks away. He said despite the urgency to find and approve a vaccine, the agency will not be pressured.
Dr. Marc Boom, Houston Methodist Hospital System's chief executive, told CNN on Tuesday that his 2,400-bed system has seen a "very significant" increase in COVID-19 patients, although the death rate has lowered recently. I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference.
In places where cases are soaring, US health officials are also considering "completely blanketing these communities with tests", Fauci said, to try to get a better sense of an outbreak. "Don't just make it all or none". Rand Paul (R-KY) warned listeners not to put too much stock in the opinion of government health experts who "we, like sheep, blindly follow".
He said this was due to the combination of a vaccine that is potentially only partially effective, and the large number of Americans who might refuse to get it. Only then, he said, will people feel confident about returning to some semblance of normal.
Fauci was asked if herd immunity could be achieved through two-thirds of the population taking a vaccine that was only 70% to 75% effective.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on President Donald Trump's "historic mismanagement" of the pandemic, arguing he could have saved lives and the economy by acting earlier to control the virus.
'I am pleased to announce that today, FDA is taking action to aid the timely development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent Covid-19 by providing guidance for developers, with recommendations on the data needed to facilitate manufacturing, clinical development, and approval, ' he said.
From there, Dr. Fauci addressed the prevalence of science rejection in America, a longtime regional issue that's showing serious damage in the COVID-19 era.