Fauci: 'Cautiously optimistic' US could have coronavirus vaccine by late fall

Dr. Anthony Fauci issues strong warnings to 4 states experiencing 'slight increase' in percentage of positive tests

On coronavirus testing, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins said, "Trump criticized congressman Jim Clyburn after he showed a graph during today's hearing and asked top experts to explain why the USA has not been able to get a grip on the virus in the way that Europe has".

Rep. Clyburn, who chairs the subcommittee, said the White House's response has politicized the pandemic and argued that "public health is not a partisan issue".

"I do not believe that there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we will have to depend on other countries to get us vaccines", Dr. Fauci said.

"Now Dr. Fauci", the chairman intoned, "do you agree with the president's statement, or do you stand by your previous answer that the difference is caused by multiple factors including the fact that some states did not do a good job of reopening?" "I don't think that we'll have everybody getting it immediately in the beginning".

"I said crowds", said Fauci.

The U.S. has done much to ramp up testing for COVID-19, Giroir said, administering more than 820,000 tests per day, on average.

"Some were followed very carefully and some were not", he said. Dr. Heald-Sargent says that "we can't assume children are immune and we can't assume that children don't carry the virus".

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that 95 per cent of parts of European countries obliged when the shut downs first came into effect but only 50 per cent of the U.S. did. China has also been making rapid progress on a vaccine, according to various reports.

Fauci's testimony comes at the end of a month in which USA coronavirus deaths rose by nearly 25,000 and cases doubled in at least 18 states, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.

"So we started off with a very hard baseline of transmission that was going on at the time that we tried to open up the country".

Fauci, often the subject of criticism from Trump and other Republicans, said people should avoid crowds - and children be kept away from them - in order to prevent the spread of the virus that has killed more than 150,000 Americans.

Jordan, a Trump ally and co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used his time to inveigh against government limits on church gatherings and business operations during the pandemic, while Black Lives Matter protests of police violence are allowed. "You made comments on dating, baseball, and everything you can imagine".

"I'm not favouring anybody over anybody", Fauci replied. But we have seen all kinds of stuff like that during protests and we know that protests actually increase the spread of the virus. "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything ..."