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Coronavirus risk to U.S. as a 'whole' is 'still low': Fauci

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Published on March 5, 2020 - Duration: 02:13s

Coronavirus risk to U.S. as a 'whole' is 'still low': Fauci

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke to reporters on Thursday following their briefing with lawmakers, with Fauci saying "the risk in the United States as a whole is still low."

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Coronavirus risk to U.S. as a 'whole' is 'still low': Fauci

Thursday's briefing by U.S. health officials in the Capitol came a day after Vice President Mike Pence held separate meetings with House Democrats and Republicans to discuss plans for responding to any coronavirus outbreak.

Azar said on Thursday they expect to be able to get enough coronavirus tests to public laboratories this week to test about 400,000 people, and acknowledged the challenge for doctors seeking to get patients screened for the disease.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to pass an $8.3 billion bill aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus and help develop vaccines.

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