Fauci allowed to testify before Senate panel


Trump also lashed out at a House oversight committee set up to scrutinize the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the panel includes some of his fiercest critics, such as congresswomen Maxine Waters of California and Carolyn Maloney of NY.

Why it matters: The task force, led by Pence, was formed in late January to help navigate the Trump administration's interagency response to the pandemic.

White House officials long relied on a model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The administration is planning to wind down its coronavirus task force, according to a report.

A new government report projects COVID-19 cases will surge to about 200,000 per day by June 1, a staggering jump that would be accompanied by more than 3,000 deaths each day.

It was not clear if another panel would replace it.

That would put it out of commission just as models show US infections and deaths cresting.

Trump has remained at the White House for weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, only leaving this past weekend for Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, about 70 miles (110 km) away.

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U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that the country's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, would testify before the Senate, giving lawmakers the chance to ask questions on the federal government's response to the new coronavirus.

Public health officials on the task force like Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci have at times been forced to contradict Trump's false claims about the virus, creating a media spectacle. "This data is not reflective of any of the modeling done by the Coronavirus Task Force or data that the task force has analyzed".

Trump has scaled back his own press briefings with the task force. Debbie Birx on the idea of injecting disinfectants into coronavirus patients.

"They frankly want our situation to be unsuccessful which means death, which means death", Trump said before departing the White House for a tour of a Honeywell factory producing N95 masks in Phoenix, Arizona. "And it's just a setup", Trump said.

"While mitigation didn't fail, I think it's fair to say that it didn't work as well as we expected".

The reports, however, do factor in mitigating along with changes that will come as states slowly start to reopen.

"While we continue to reduce the spread of the covid-19 virus, we can begin to focus on reopening, but we have to be careful and use the information we've learned so we don't erase the strides we've already made", Cuomo said.