US diseases expert to testify

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Earlier, Fauci told senators that the USA has "multiple shots" at developing a vaccine for preventing the coronavirus and that researchers hope to know by winter if at least one of the candidates will work.

The World Health Organization has called on countries to show "extreme vigilance" when loosening Covid-19 restrictions as the top United States infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, warned that prematurely reopening the American economy would cause "needless suffering and death".

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) speaks remotely during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on COVID-19 in Washington on May 12, 2020.

"We don't know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes from children", Fauci said. Mitt Romney from Utah, said at the hearing, "I find our testing rate nothing to celebrate".

The power over COVID-19 health policy, Paul said, "needs to be dispersed because people make wrong predictions". The NIH has been collaborating with a number of pharmaceutical companies at various stages of development, ' Fauci noted.

"If you really want to be in a situation where you want to be absolutely certain, you'd test all the players before the game".

Fauci also warned "even under the best of circumstances" there will be an increase in coronavirus cases.

Alexander, who is self-quarantining in his home state of Tennessee for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive, chaired the hearing virtually. The two attended multiple meetings together.

"The major message that I wish to convey ... is the danger of trying to open the country prematurely", Fauci told the paper.

He said "even at the top speed we are going", the experts did not see a vaccine playing in the ability of individuals to get back to school this term.

Testifying virtually with Fauci were Drs.

Cuomo: Parts of Upstate New York Ready to Reopen by May 15
The two regions might be able to begin re-opening by Friday if they can demonstrate they have met the testing requirement. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says three upstate regions could start reopening their economic activities this weekend.

There has been frequent speculation that Fauci's forthright approach has irked President Trump, who has been accused of downplaying the dangers of the crisis as he pushes to restart the economy.

The medical experts are sure to be asked about several things Trump said during a briefing at the White House on Monday, most notably on testing. He said he would bring up the issue to the coronavirus task force.

The doctor has also been self-isolating after possible exposure to the disease.

Senator Patty Murray, the senior committee Democrat, criticizing aspects of the administration's response to the pandemic, said Americans "need leadership, they need a plan, they need honesty and they need it now, before we reopen".

The Trump administration says $11 billion is being ear marked for states for testing.

There should be a robust testing program for at-risk healthcare workers, with asymptomatic cases screened as well, and contacts of positive cases traced.

The hearing will begin at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET on Tuesday, May 12th. The virus has infected more than 1.3 million people in the US.

'We're not reopening based on science, ' Dr Thomas R. Frieden, a former director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Times. "I think we are going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean, by any means, that we have this under control".

Trump's efforts to project a confident front in setting out his "Open America Again" strategy have been hampered by the virus hitting the West Wing.

The U.S. has seen at least 1.3 million infections and almost 81,000 confirmed deaths from the virus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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