Fauci Says Racism Has Led to Spread of Coronavirus


Fauci said that the National Institutes of Health are cooperating with multiple drug companies working to create a vaccine.

USA health officials last week warned that states seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases may need to reimpose strict restrictions similar to the thing that was implemented in March. "That's very disturbing to me", Fauci said.

"You have a extremely significant nation, very heterogeneous, important variations - for example, concerning the NY metropolitan place and Casper, Wyoming", but it is apparent, Fauci said, "we've been strike terribly".

"Here's the bad part ... when you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people; you're going to find more cases", Trump said. "Deaths always lag considerably behind cases, " he said.

The testimony is Fauci's first since a highly anticipated appearance a month ago, and it comes on the heels of President Donald Trump's comments at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday that he had asked officials to slow testing to show fewer cases.

Meanwhile, Trump has openly disparaged testing due to how tests reveal more cases of the virus and reflect poorly on his response to the pandemic as a result.

"None of us have ever been told to slow down on testing".

The US is the nation hardest hit by the virus, with more than 120,000 deaths, new outbreaks across the country, and a government showing little ability to stem the spread.

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The facts: The U.S.is nowhere near the level of testing needed to stem the virus, according to his own health experts. Looking to the fall, some experts have called for 4 million or more tests daily, while a group assembled by Harvard University estimated that 20 million a day would be needed to keep the virus in check.

He added: "It's the opposite: We're going to be doing more testing, not less".

He said test sites are required to report demographic data, to ensure equitable access, and that Morehouse School of Medicine has been awarded $40 million for a three-year project to deliver COVID-19 information to minority communities.

The health officials returned to Capitol Hill at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response, with coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations. "That just is a fact".

Texas surpassed 5,000 new cases for a single day for the first time - just days after it eclipsed 4,000 new cases for the first time - as America's largest pediatric hospital began taking adult patients to free up bed space in Houston.

In the hearing, all four health officials said they had never been instructed to slow down testing for the coronavirus.

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, at the White House in Washington April 17, 2020. Trump to slow down diagnostic efforts.

"I don't kid, let me make it clear", he said.