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Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
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Masks, social distancing and hygienic measures will have to be maintained even after a Covid-19 vaccine is available, so Dr Anthony Fauci on Thursday. The Covid-19 vaccine won't likely be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population, therefore given the virus room to spread further. Fauci said that it would be a good accomplishment if 75 to 80% of the population got vaccinated, but this won't "eliminate the need to be prudent and careful with our public health measures."

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Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective as Covid-19 treatment
Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective as Covid-19 treatment
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director and WH Coronavirus advisor, reports that there is no valid scientific data that shows hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for Covid-19.

"You look at the scientific data and the evidence. And the scientific data ... on trials that are valid, that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or Covid-19," Fauci told MSNBC just a day after President Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine as a working treatment. Trump had claimed that many doctors thought the drug was "extremely good" and that it was safe to take. As of now, there is no FDA-approved drug for the treatment of Covid-19.

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Anthony Fauci calls to "stop this nonsense" after attacks by Trump aides
Dr Anthony Fauci addresses his remarks during a meeting with fellow members of the Coronavirus Task Force and representatives from pharmaceutical companies Monday March 2, 2020
Dr Anthony Fauci addresses his remarks during a meeting with fellow members of the Coronavirus Task Force and representatives from pharmaceutical companies Monday March 2, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

After several attacks from White House officials, Dr Anthony Fauci urges to bring an end to the divisiveness as it has become "difficult to engage in a dialogue of honest evaluation of what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong." The attacks came after a list of "false" statements was released that Fauci made early on in the pandemic when health officials had lesser knowledge of the virus than they do today.

"We've got to own this, reset this and say OK, let's stop this nonsense and figure out how can we get our control over this now," Fauci added.

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Anthony Fauci warns U.S. is "still knee-deep in the first wave of this"
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 2020
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 2020 Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

In an interview on Facebook Live with National Institutes of Health Director Dr Francis Collins, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the United States was facing a "serious situation" and were "still knee-deep in the first wave" of the Covid-19 outbreak.

"And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline," Fauci added.

Fauci attributes the current rise of Covid-19 cases to several states reopening too soon, saying: "A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases."

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Anthony Fauci warns of severe rise in Covid-19 cases if country doesn't take action
Anthony Fauci warns of severe rise in Covid-19 cases if country doesn't take action
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Dr Anthony Fauci warned Congress on Tuesday that, if the country doesn't take any action quickly against the current rise of Covid-19, the situation in the United States "could get very bad."

"We're going in the wrong direction," so Fauci. "We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around."

Fauci attributes the surge in new cases to people not following guidelines as well as lifting restrictions too soon and too quickly. He further urges younger people to not think that they are "invulnerable" to the disease.

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Health officials, including Anthony Fauci, appear before congress to testify about White House Coronavirus response
Dr Anthony S. Fauci in the Press Briefing Room of the White House, March 2020
Dr Anthony S. Fauci in the Press Briefing Room of the White House, March 2020 Credit: The White House / Public domain

Trump administration health officials are testifying about the White House response to the coronavirus before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. Among the health officials are Dr Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and Dr Robert Redfield, Director of the C.D.C.

Fauci told the committee that he believed "it will be when and not if" a vaccine would be ready and that he is "cautiously optimistic" that one will be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021. He further warned that "we're now seeing a disturbing surge of infections" but that the coronavirus task force was not asked to slow testing.

A statement by the C.D.C. was released prior to the hearing, warning that "Covid-19 activity will likely continue for some time" and that the virus "could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety."

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Anthony Fauci to self-quarantine

After multiple people in the Trump White House tested positive for Covid-19, Anthony Fauci alongside two other Covid-19 taskforce members have gone into self-quarantine. So far, they have been tested negative for Covid-19 and will continue to work remotely.