Anthony Fauci

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White House Criticism of Fauci Intensifies

President himself retweets a slam

(Newser) - President Trump used his Twitter feed Monday to spread criticism of top health officials, including Anthony Fauci, in regard to the pandemic. The move comes as the White House and Trump himself have been increasingly critical of Fauci, who has publicly disagreed with the president at times. Last week, for... More »

COVID Surge Worries Experts: 'Early Wave of a Lot of Suffering'

US death rate is back on the climb

(Newser) - In mid-April, the daily COVID-19 death toll in the US began to subside, thanks to shutdowns that helped flatten the virus curve. Now, sobering news from the Washington Post : That daily mortality rate has spiked this week, with more than 800 deaths across the nation daily over the past four... More »

Trump Calls Fauci 'Nice Man,' Then Starts Finger-Pointing

President slams nation's top infectious-disease expert, other health officials on virus to Hannity

(Newser) - In a week where the US saw three consecutive days of more than 55,000 new coronavirus cases, with Florida, Texas, and California all experiencing record daily death rates, President Trump was put in the hot seat on the pandemic on Fox News Thursday night—but he didn't point... More »

Fauci: Focus on COVID Death Rate Is a 'False Narrative'

He warns against 'false complacency' as cases surge among young people

(Newser) - President Trump has praised the falling COVID-19 death rate in the US as evidence that the fight against the virus is being won—but Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday against "false complacency." Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus... More »

Fauci's Latest Description of US' COVID Status: 'Really Not Good'

Notes that we're 'still knee-deep in the first wave'

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci didn't exactly have uplifting things to say about the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the US during an online chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health on Monday. The reason the country is currently seeing "record-breaking" numbers of cases is because states and cities... More »

Florida's Daily Case Total Now Has 5 Digits

State reports more than 10K new coronavirus cases Thursday

(Newser) - With more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday, Florida has reached nearly unique levels of the outbreak. In the US, only New York has reported a larger one-day increase, with 12,847 new positive cases on April 10. Even when the pandemic was at its worst in Europe,... More »

Fauci Makes Dire Forecast 'If This Doesn't Turn Around'

US could see 100K new cases a day, and a 'very disturbing' death toll

(Newser) - The US is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, with roughly 40,000 new ones coming in a day. That might seem tame compared to a new projection from Dr. Anthony Fauci. "I would not be surprised if we go up to to 100,000 a day if this... More »

US May Shift Strategy on COVID Testing

'Pool testing' may be more effective

(Newser) - The US is considering a major shift in strategy in regard to COVID-19: It's called "pool testing." The general idea is to make testing more efficient by taking a shortcut of sorts. Samples would be taken from a group of people and then combined, and then one... More »

COVID Task Force to Hold First Briefing in 2 Months

This one won't be at the White House

(Newser) - With COVID-19 cases surging in many states and daily infection totals hitting new highs , Vice President Mike Pence is due to hold his first public briefing as head of the government coronavirus task force in almost two months. The White House announced Thursday night that Pence will hold the briefing... More »

Fauci: Next Few Weeks 'Critical' in COVID Fight

He's worried about a 'disturbing surge' in some states because of community spread

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a House panel Tuesday, and his assessment of the coronavirus fight is notably darker than President Trump's. Fauci summed it up as a "mixed bag," citing progress in states such as New York but a "disturbing surge in infections" elsewhere, in... More »

Fauci Has a Word About the 'Second Wave'

And researchers offer a stern word about mask-wearing

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci issued a word of calm Friday as coronavirus case numbers spiked across several US states. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said on CNN the latest uptick may not be the "second spike" many fear, but "when you start to see... More »

Fauci Has Good News, Not as Good News on Vaccine

He says we should have hundreds of millions of doses by 2021, but how long will immunity last?

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci offered some hopeful comments Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic: By the end of the year, the US should have 100 million doses of one of the candidate COVID-19 vaccines, he said during a live Q&A. "Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have... More »

Fauci: Kramer Trashed Me to Millions. I Loved Him Anyway

Doctor recalls 'extraordinary' 33-year relationship with firebrand activist

(Newser) - Larry Kramer was an expert at getting attention. But his 1988 open letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci, in which he accused the "idiot" director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of failures in the AIDS epidemic, got him much more: a friend of more than three... More »

US Hits Milestone the Nation Was Dreading

But even 100K deaths is considered a vast underestimation

(Newser) - The US surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths, the AP reports. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined.... More »

Fauci Issues Warning About State Lockdowns

The infectious-disease official says staying closed could cause 'irreparable damage'

(Newser) - Ditching stay-at-home orders too quickly? "Suffering and death." Imposing them for too long? "Irreparable damage." Anthony Fauci spoke Friday to CNBC about the apparent tight-rope walk state officials are facing as they loosen lockdown rules. "I don't want people to think that any of... More »

Trump: I'll 'Override' Governors on Church Openings

But it's not clear what authority he has to do so

(Newser) - President Trump issued orders to the nation's governors to allow houses of worship to open "right now," saying he'll "override" them if they don't. The president made the unscheduled announcement Friday at the White House, taking no questions from reporters. He pronounced houses of... More »

Trump: Fauci's Warning to Senators 'Not Acceptable'

President doesn't like what the doctor said about schools reopening

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a Senate panel , issuing some dire warnings about what could happen if states reopen too quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, President Trump made it clear he was none too happy with those comments. "I was surprised by his answer, actually,... More »

Rand Paul: Take Fauci's Advice With 'Grain of Salt'

Ky. senator tries to explain tense exchange at Tuesday Senate panel hearing

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared remotely before a Senate panel Tuesday to testify on the pandemic, and while much of what he said was attention grabbing, there was one especially "pointed exchange," per the Week . It was between Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul, who called it "ridiculous" to... More »

Big Lines From Fauci's Testimony

He sees 'really serious' consequences if states ignore safety guidelines before reopening

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci was testifying remotely Tuesday before a Senate panel on the coronavirus pandemic, and he reiterated his concern that states run a huge risk if they reopen too quickly. Some highlights of his testimony, via Politico , the AP , CNN , and the Washington Post :
  • Consequences: "If some areas, cities,
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Fauci Has Dire Warning for Senate Hearing

States that reopen too quickly risk 'needless suffering and death'

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci will testify remotely before a Senate panel Tuesday on the coronavirus outbreak, but he already previewed the main takeaway he plans to convey: States that reopen too soon will put their residents—and the nation—at great risk. In an email to the New York Times , Fauci laid... More »

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