Donald Trump has reportedly gone against the advice of the US government's top expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said it would be unwise to move too quickly towards reopening schools.
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) greet each other with an elbow bump before the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on COVID-19, in Washington on May 12, 2020.
He was responding to a Republican senator, Lamar Alexander, who asked if a treatment or a vaccine could be made available to allow schools and colleges in America to reopen this fall.
[PAUL]"As much as I respect you Dr. Fauci, I don't think you're the end-all, I don't think you're the one person who gets to make a decision".
Mr Trump, talking to reporters on the White House, mentioned he discovered Dr Fauci's newest name for a extremely cautious reopening "not acceptable".
US President Donald Trump has deepened his rift with prime medical advisor Anthony Fauci over loosening coronavirus restrictions, saying they "totally" disagree on whether or not to maintain schools closed.
Mr Paul was giving voice to a growing sentiment among the conservative base that Dr Fauci does not have the nation's - or the president's - best interests in mind.
The White House has stepped up precautions in recent days to protect the president and senior administration officials from the virus after two individuals who work on the compound tested positive.
Trump and Fauci have publicly disagreed before, including on the effectiveness of certain drugs that have been tested to treat the virus. "We'll all know very soon", Trump said. I am a scientist, a physician, and a public health official.
"I think we better careful [that] we are not cavalier in thinking children are completely immune to the deleterious effects", Dr. Fauci said. He said the coronavirus has "had very little impact on young people", although there is growing concern over cases of a mysterious inflammatory syndrome in young people that is thought to be related to the virus.
Instead, schools and students would have to depend upon expanded testing for coronavirus, tracing of those who have been in contact with infected people and safe hygiene practices, witnesses said.
Meanwhile, Giroir said he expects the United States to see a significant increase in testing capacity in coming weeks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci answers questions from senators during the hearing Tuesday.
The U.S. has the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world by far: 1.39 million infections and over 84,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Per capita, the United States has conducted fewer tests than at least 10 other countries.
The remarks came as the USA was debating whether it is safe for states to open up, prompted by a growing economic pressure and massive job losses amid concerns over a possible surge in coronavirus cases and fatalities if steps were not taken properly.
He noted some children were suffering from "a very unusual inflammatory syndrome" that is believed to be related to COVID-19.