The White House Coronavirus Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that the coronavirus is so contagious that it is unlikely to ever go away completely, which contradicts the statements made by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said that Covid-19 would eventually go away.
"I don't think it would go away because it is such a highly communicable virus," said Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a hearing from the House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Control.
The corona virus, which appeared about seven months ago, infected over 17 million people and killed at least 673,822 people, according to Johns Hopkins University. According to Hopkins data, the United States has the worst outbreak in the world with more than 4 million cases and at least 152,075 deaths on Friday.
Fauci's comments contradict Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that the virus was "disappearing". The president's statements come from warnings from health experts, including at the disease control and prevention centers, that Covid 19 cases and deaths could increase this fall.
While the virus will not go away, Fauci has previously said that it is possible that leading politicians and public health officials could work to bring the pandemic to a "low level".
He said the US had so many cases that some states had not closed at the start of the outbreak while others had reopened too early.
He said other countries could clear their first wave of outbreaks after closing at least 90% of their non-essential business.
"IWhen attempting to reopen in some situations, states have not strictly followed the guidelines that the Task Force and the White House have issued. And others who even stuck to it, the people in the state were actually gathering in bulk and not wearing masks, "he said on Friday.
"I think there have been so different reactions from different countries in this country that we really didn't have a unit that brought everything to a standstill," he said.
Fauci also said that there is never a guarantee that scientists will discover a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus, although it is "cautiously optimistic". On Thursday, senior officials from the Department of Health and Human Services said on a conference call that Pfizer and competitor Moderna, who started separate phase 3 studies on Monday for their potential vaccines, had already "vaccinated several hundred people" within the first few have days.
"We're going very quickly," he said. "I don't think there will be vaccines so far ahead of us that we have to rely on other countries to get vaccines."
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