Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine could be developed by the end of this year. The NIH veteran cited ongoing trials and called himself cautiously optimistic during a Senate hearing.
CDC Director Robert Redfield cited an improvement in mortality rates but said the nation cannot let its guard down. The coronavirus has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the U.S. Dr. Redfield again urged Americans to wear facemasks, avoid crowds and practice safe social distancing. He also called on people to get flu shots.
Washington state Democrat Patty Murray accused the Trump administration of "putting politics ahead of public health" in the ongoing response to the virus.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn defended his agency and insisted that decisions are based on science and data, not politics. He vowed to continue fighting for science.
Meantime, Dr. Fauci said college students who get the coronavirus should not be sent home to possibly infect their families. He said they should be quarantined on campus.
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