Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases recently stated that it was possible that the coronavirus outbreak “go into another season.”
Fauci is also a member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force. On Tuesday he appeared on Fox News and told host Laura Ingraham that it would be “quite a while” before a vaccine for COVID-19 was developed.
Ingraham asked Fauci about Donald Trump’s claims that hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, was a “game-changer” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
“Heaven forbid something happened to you, you got a positive coronavirus test and you fell ill, would you feel comfortable taking one of these new anti-virals such as hydroxychloroquine?”
Fauci stated that he would only take the drug if it was part of a clinical trial.
“I’m not so sure Laura, just to clarify, that I would necessarily take one of those drugs,” Dr. Fauci added. “I would take a drug that was on a clinical trial. Some of those drugs that you’re mentioning are available within the context of a clinical trial.”
“But for myself, personally I like to get some knowledge out of it,” Fauci said. “So, if I had a situation where I needed a drug, I would look around if there was a clinical trial that would give me access within the contours of a clinical trial.”
Ingraham then asked the doctor what hope he could give viewers as the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S. Fauci stressed that it was important to “hang on” and follow the guidelines that have been issued by the federal government.
“I told you some time ago that a vaccine is being developed, it still will be quite a while before we have it,” Fauci added. “But it is conceivable that this may go into another season, and if it does it will bring us that much closer to the possibility of having not only drugs available, but also a vaccine.”
Fauci’s statements came on the heels of Donald Trump stating that he wants to open the country up for business by Easter.
“Our country is not built to shut down, our people are full of vim and vigor and energy, they don’t want to be locked into a house or apartment or some space,” Trump said during a coronavirus town hall. “We’re not built that way.”
Over the last week, cases of the virus in the U.S. have spiked. The nation now has more than 55,000 confirmed cases according to John Hopkin’s COVID-19 tracker. The United States has seen 802 deaths so far.