Published: Sat, January 23, 2021

Fauci says Trump ‘most likely’ claimed lives with COVID-19 misinformation

Fauci says Trump ‘most likely’ claimed lives with COVID-19 misinformation

The United States sees technical collaboration at all levels as a fundamental part of our relationship with World Health Organization, one that we value deeply and will look to strengthen going forward.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. The United Nations agency was a frequent target of former President Donald Trump, who accused it of being lax on China and failing to provide accurate information about the virus.

Fauci, who has advised multiple presidents on public-health crises, has been one of the most trusted voices in the country on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US is willing to share research more quickly and will make health officials more available, ending a staff drawdown from the organization, Fauci said.

"When I announced it, you all said it wasn't possible".

Stoffels added that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not authorise the vaccine candidate before March 2021, as the regulator is expected to assemble an external expert panel to review the data and make recommendations-a process that can take weeks, it added.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden's inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president's effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to fighting the pandemic.

"The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence is - what science is, and know that's it, let science talk, that's a a bit of a liberating feeling, "he told reporters".

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden put their hands over their hearts as they participate remotely in a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service from the White House in Washington US

Thursday was Fauci's first appearance at a White House press briefing under the Biden administration.

The United States was still in a "very serious situation" with the virus, but that seven-day averages suggested the infection rates were plateauing, he said.

"The experts say, by wearing a mask from now until April, we'd save more than 50,000 lives", he said.

Fauci said Trump had "very likely" claimed Americans' lives with misinformation about COVID-19.

Biden on Thursday signed a series of executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

Over 17.5 million vaccine doses have been administered so far, according to the CDC. "The United States also intends to fulfil its financial obligations to the organisation", he added.

If the U.S. were to administer 1 million shots per day - the pace required to meet President Joe Biden's goal of giving 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office - it would take until the end of 2021 to fully vaccinate 75% of U.S. adults, assuming every recipient needs two shots.

Fauci also said the United States intends to join the COVAX Facility, an global framework aimed at ensuring fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines, and other efforts to develop treatments for COVID-19.


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