Top health officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top infectious diseases experts, will be testifying Tuesday morning before the Senate to offer an update on progress that’s been made in moving the nation toward returning to work and school.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, along with Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for Health and Human Services; Dr. Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner; and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, will be appearing before lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. They’ll be testifying ashave been increasing in some states. In and , governors have paused or rolled back some of their reopening measures.
How to watch health officials testify before Senate on COVID-19:
What: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Stephen Hahn and Admiral Brett Giroir testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Date: June 30, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. ET
Location: U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Fauci warned Sunday that the U.S. isto the coronavirus if a portion of the population refuses to get a vaccine once it’s available. If enough people in a population are immune to a disease, generally through vaccination, this helps suppress outbreaks and provide protection to people who are not immune.
Fauci said in an interview that was part of the Aspen Ideas Festival that he’d “settle” for a COVID-19 vaccine that is between 70% and 75% effective. However, with that level of effectiveness, if 25% of Americans do not get vaccinated, Fauci said it’s “unlikely” the U.S. will reach herd immunity. According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the percentage of needed for herd immunity ranges between 70% to 90%, depending on how contagious a disease is.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has expressed concern andlately about “a general , anti-authority, feeling among some people in this country.”
On testing, which is considered to play an important role in monitoring the progress of the disease among Americans as states reopen, Giroir told a House panel last week that the U.S. is conducting around 500,000 tests per day, with the expectation that 40 to 50 million tests will be conducted per month by the fall.