Board Chairman Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) sought to contrast Covid-19 cases in the United States and Europe, where nations have taken a more centralized approach to restrictions. In response to a chart seen on Clyburn, Fauci noted that European countries are closing down activities “according to 95 percent of the country” and dropping cases to a much lower baseline for the spread of disease before do not reopen.
“We started with the very difficult transmission baseline that was going on when we tried to open up the country,” he said. “Then we saw an increase in cases to 20, 30, 50,000 and a few weeks ago it was up to 70,000 cases a day.”;
Fauci also reiterated his belief that a coronavirus vaccine will be developed by the end of the year, citing promising new data from animal and human trials, and sought to assure the public that no corners were being cut. .
“I know some people seem to be so fast that there can be a compromise of security or scientific integrity,” he said. “I can tell you that’s not absolutely the case.”
President Donald Trump also weighed in during the testimony, responding that Clyburn “has no clue” and reiterated the false claim that cases are higher in the United States because the United States tests more than any other country.