DR Anthony Fauci has said it’s “pretty obvious” that the United States is not “going in the right direction” with coronavirus.
The top coronavirus doctor made the comments as the country witnessed a rise in virus cases.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that we are not going in the right direction,” Fauci said during an interview with JAMA on Thursday.
The heightened case figures have led several states to reenter lockdown, but Fauci has not confirmed whether the whole country will follow suit.
“There’s this feeling of an all or none phenomenon, where you’re either on lockdown or you’re just going to say … the devil may care and just let it all go,” he said.
This week the country broke records for the highest coronavirus cases two days in a row, with several states reinforcing restrictions.
“What we’ve seen is a very disturbing week,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said in a live stream with the American Medical Association on Thursday.
As of Saturday, the country has 2,818,588 confirmed cases and has seen 129,584 fatalities.
Gilead Sciences announced on Monday that it has “entered into an agreement” with the US and will supply hospitals with the Remdesivir through September.
Remdesivir is the only approved drug in the country to treat coronavirus.
The company will send most of its supply of remdesirvir to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the agency will work with states to manage allocation to hospitals.
However, Fauci has said he wants to share the drug with the rest of the world in a bid to seize the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Thursday, he said: “I’ve always been as a scientist and a public health official one that feels strongly that whenever you get an intervention, you should have a real careful look at the equity of trying to get some reasonable equitable type of distribution, particularly when you get a product that’s limited.”
During the same interview, Fauci warned that America must get the coronavirus under control or face a second wave that will be worse than the first.
Fauci said: “Obviously, it’s a serious situation.
“If you look at the different curves between the European Union, the UK, and others, how they’ve handled the outbreak, they’ve had big spikes and then they’ve brought it down almost… to baseline.
“The situation in the United States has been more problematic.
“We got hit very badly – worse than any country – with regard to the number of cases and the number of deaths.”