Dr. Fauci: No officials have been told to slow down COVID-19 testing

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 1:28 PM PT — Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci said neither he or any other officials have ever been told to slow down COVID-19 testing amid the president’s recent remarks on the matter.

During a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Dr. Fauci said the U.S. will be doing more testing not less. He also updated lawmakers on efforts to create a COVID-19 vaccine by saying officials feel “cautiously optimistic” a vaccine will be ready by the end of the year if not early next year.

Dr. Fauci also detailed how the U.S. will be using COVID-19 testing going forward.

“In fact, we will be doing more testing as you heard from Admiral Giroir,” he stated. “Not only testing to specifically identify people in the identify, isolate and contact trace, but also much more surveillance if you want to get your arms around and understand exactly what’s going on in community spread.”

Dr. Fauci also told lawmakers the next couple weeks will be “critical” in addressing the surge in cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona.

Meanwhile, President Trump has defended the White House’s handling of the pandemic amid criticism from the mainstream media.

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