A drive-through testing centre is shown earlier this month in Inglewood, Calif. Admiral Brett Giroir, part of the administration's coronavirus task force, admitted that many test results are not coming back promptly.
Fauci also gave encouraging comments regarding the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Once that happens, though, he doesn't think "everybody will be able to get it all at once".
Mr. Fauci said that goggles were indispensable for those who want "perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces".
Discussing the key aspects that will help reduce in lag between the trials and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Fauci said that it is important to ensure regulatory standards and review, harmonised data monitoring which will foster comparability, and financing the advanced vaccine production.
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.
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"I think the difference between HIV and coronavirus is so different that I don't think you can compare them, because the body does not make a very good immune response against HIV so it makes vaccine development very hard", Dr. Fauci said.
Fauci's testimony comes at the end of a month in which US 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. According to the article, the scientist has also claimed that while the Coronavirus vaccine can be developed by many across the world, the production of desired quantities will not be feasible if the Indian manufacturers are not involved.
"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". Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing acknowledged that the US remains unable to deliver all COVID-19 test results within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently.
"I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone", he said.
Conservative Rep. Jordan of OH used his inquiry time to try and trap Dr. Fauci into condemning protests for Black Lives Matter. "No limit to protests, but you can't go to church on Sunday".
"I'm not favoring anybody over anybody", Fauci replied. Jordan asked. "And if you stood right outside of that same business and protested you wouldn't get arrested?" "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything". "You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are".