Coronavirus Live Updates – The New York Times


michael barbaro

From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

Today: Public health officials are vowing to develop a coronavirus vaccine in record time. My colleague, health reporter Jan Hoffman, on how that speed could backfire.

It’s Tuesday, July 21st.

archived recording

Thank you, very much, Mr. Chairman. Thank you to all of our witnesses for joining us here today. And, of course, thank your staff for setting up the technology so we can hold this hearing safely.

jan hoffman

So late last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield at the C.D.C. sat down in front of a group of senators to answer their many questions about what was going on with the coronavirus pandemic.

archived recording (elizabeth warren)

Dr. Fauci, based on what you’re seeing now, how many Covid-19 deaths and infections should America expect before this is all over?

archived recording (dr. anthony fauci)

I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing. I will guarantee you that.

jan hoffman

The big news that day was Dr. Anthony Fauci saying that he expected cases to rise.

archived recording (dr. anthony fauci)

I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day —

jan hoffman

To 100,000 a day.

archived recording (dr. anthony fauci)

— if this does not turn around.

michael barbaro

Right. That was a big headline. I remember that.

jan hoffman

That shocked everyone. But what was also rumbling through, and was a consistent theme in the questioning by the senators, was their concern that Americans were afraid of the very speed at which this vaccine was being developed.

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Dr. Fauci, I want to ask you about the concern that we have with certain parts of the country where you have public mistrust of vaccines, in general.

jan hoffman

And they were asking whether Americans would, in fact, be willing to get it.

archived recording

My fear is that we may get to the place where — we will get to that place where we have that successful vaccine. But we still have the concern for many, and a mistrust. And whether it’s vaccine hesitation or vaccine confidence — I don’t know what the buzz word is — but I’m worried that we don’t have a plan for how to deal with that.

jan hoffman

It was not one party or the other. Both Republican and Democratic senators kept firing away at Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Fauci.

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We know this is in our future, and we are not ready for it.

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And this could cause problems down the road if we get to a vaccine, but people don’t want to get the vaccine. So —

jan hoffman

Saying, what are you going to do? How are you going to prepare Americans?

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And that plan has to combat misinformation and vaccine hesitancy.

jan hoffman

We are sensing that they are afraid of this thing. They are saying they won’t take it.

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Dr. Redfield, do you agree a plan like that is needed?

archived recording (dr. robert redfield)

Senator, I think it’s very…



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