Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that 250,000 people have registered on a National Institutes of Health website to take part in experimental vaccine trials. "I'm not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way", he said. "I'm telling you what it is - the danger - and you can make your own conclusion about that".
Dr. Fauci also noted that some states followed the suggested guidelines to reopen, while others didn't.
"But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel", Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in response to the 5-4 decision. "When you're in a crowd particularly, if you are not wearing a mask, that increases the spread". "I do think it's really important to realize it's not public health versus the economy about school opening, it's public health versus public health of the K through 12 to get the schools open", he said. "One night in Chicago, 49 officers were injured".
Jordan said it wasn't fair that some states have imposed limits on gatherings at places like church while allowing protests to go unchecked. "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything ..." Jordan compared such a move to closing houses of worship and businesses during shutdowns and suggested Fauci unequally judged certain activities over others as worthy of government intervention.More news: Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track day toy for millionaires
Dr. Fauci said the two viruses can't be compared. They were arrested on Monday for opening their business, which defied the lockdown order of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D).
"There's no inconsistency congressman", Fauci retorted. "You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are". Jordan asked. "You make all kinds of recommendations".
"So the protests don't increase the spread of the virus?" "I didn't say protests do anything ..." "You're putting words in my mouth". "Big progress being made!"More news: COVID-19: Health officials announce 50 new cases, one new death
Fauci's testimony at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis came at the end of a month in which U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by nearly 25,000 and cases doubled in at least 18 states, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy. At one point, Fauci said Jordan was trying to put words in his mouth.
Why it matters: He was responding directly to a tweet from President Trump, who took to the platform during the hearing to repeat his claim that the USA has reported the most cases in the world due to increased testing. "The development of doses of vaccine, right now as we speak, so that they will be ready by the time we do show safety and efficacy, we'll be able to distribute it and it will be done by a number of mechanisms".More news: Scientists revive 100-million-year-old deep-sea lifeforms