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America’s Top Epidemiologist Speaks in the Senate About COVID-19 Vaccines

Washington / The leading epidemiologist in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told the US Senate Health Committee that the United States has “many candidates” and hopes to have “multiple winners” of viable vaccines against COVID-19, given that there are “at least eight” active clinical trials, although he stressed that “the great unknown is effectiveness”.

There is no guarantee that the vaccine will be effective (…) I am cautiously optimistic that we will have a candidate who will have some degree of efficacy,” said Fauci, who heads the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, in English).

The doctor warned that “there is also a possibility of negative consequences with certain vaccines, which in practice can amplify the negative effect of the infection.”

Fauci’s words contrast with the statement made earlier this month by US President Donald Trump, who claimed to be “convinced” that the United States will have a vaccine available for administration to the public by the end of this year.

Fauci avoided giving any date for the public availability of the vaccine, explaining that clinical trials such as the one taking place in Seattle (Washington, Northwest) are already in phase one, which includes human tests, and that they are expected to move to next stage of development in boreal “late spring”.

Sanders asks that the vaccine be free

During the hearing, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders insisted that the vaccine should be free for all Americans, and pressured the four U.S. government officials who participated remotely in the session to commit to it.

The undersecretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, Brett Giroir, said that he could not guarantee it because the final decision did not depend on him, but that he would advocate that the vaccine “reaches all sectors of the population regardless of their capacity. to pay”.

On the other hand, Fauci cautioned those who are being overly optimistic about the prospects of treating coronavirus patients with the intravenous antiviral Remdesivir, warning that the evidence that it shortens the disease is still “modest.”

The United States remains the world’s largest focus of the new coronavirus pandemic in absolute terms, with 1.35 million cases and more than 80,000 deaths, according to the unofficial count by Johns Hopkins University. (May 12, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Principalmente el texto habla de...
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lo que dijo el senador Bernie Sanders sobre la vacuna de la COVID-19.
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lo que dijo el epidemiólogo A. Fauci sobre las vacunas que se están desarrollando en EE.UU. contra la COVID-19.
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los casos de COVID-19 que se han registrado en EE.UU.
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Fauci se mostró prudente al hablar de la eficacia de la vacuna contra la COVID-19 que se está desarrollando.
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Fauci aseguró que las vacunas que está desarrollando EE.UU. son totalmente eficaces.
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Fauci descarta que pueda haber alguna consecuencia negativa de las vacunas que se están desarrollando.
Question 3
Según el texto...
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se están desarrollando varios ensayos clínicos en EE.UU. para desarrollar una vacuna contra la COVID-19.
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Facui también cree que la vacuna estará disponible antes de que acabe el año.
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todavía no se ha realizado ninguna prueba en humanos.
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Fauci también pidió cautela sobre los resultados de Remdesivir en los pacientes con COVID-19.
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la Universidad Johns Hopkins desmiente que EE.UU. siga siendo el mayor foco de la pandemia.
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Giroir aseguró a Sanders que la vacuna será gratuita para todos los estadounidenses.
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la investigación de Gilead ha ido muy rápido.
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hay menos de un millón de contagios por COVID-19 en EE.UU.
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no se ha realizado ningún ensayo con el antiviral Remdesivir en EE.UU.
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