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Fauci says partisanship is hurting US response to Covid-19

July 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday that partisanship is hurting the US response to Covid-19 in his latest blunt assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic.

(CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday that partisanship is hurting the US response to Covid-19 in his latest blunt assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic.

"You have to be having blindfolders on and covering your ears to think that we don't live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint," Fauci said on "Podcast-19," FiveThirtyEight's podcast on Covid-19.

"I mean, it's just unfortunate, but it is what it is.

Fauci said that some parts of the country are doing "really well" at managing the pandemic, including communities where people follow the public health guidelines and have opened gradually.

I mean, we're just not. "

"Dr. Fauci said don't wear masks and now he says wear them.

And he said numerous things.

Don't ban China.

I did it anyway," Trump said.

"I didn't listen to my experts and I banned China.

"I think we are going to be in two, three, four weeks, by the time we next speak, I think we're going to be in very good shape. "

The President was responding to comments Fauci had made on Monday assessing that the status of the coronavirus in the US is "really not good. "

And on Wednesday, Fauci said he doesn't think the US is going to get control of the virus without a vaccine.

So that makes me skeptical whether we would get permanent, sustained control of this without having a vaccine," Fauci said.

While Fauci said he does think the pandemic can be controlled, "keeping it under control is going to be the real problem.

Because this virus is not like other viruses that we've experienced," Fauci said.

Despite the urgency, Fauci said regulators and vaccine makers are doing everything in their power to make sure it is effective and safe.

We really do," Fauci said.

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