During the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing, Jordan grilled Fauci on whether the last two months of protests have spread the coronavirus.
"Do you think that decision saved lives, Dr. Fauci?"
He did not speak on whether ongoing protests have increased the spread of the virus, but stated, "You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are".
Rep. Maloney also asked if safety standards and scientific integrity are being compromised for speed. Dr. Fauci reiterated that is not the case.
Looking ahead, Fauci said he's "cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021".
"I'm not favouring anybody over anybody", Fauci replied.
Fauci, who says he has a "complicated" relationship with Trump, has rarely hesitated to air his disagreements with the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. HIV vaccine development has been so hard because the body doesn't make a strong immune response to that virus, he explained.
The meeting's actual title was "The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus", which is not a response to there being literally no contingencies around the pandemic, but to the rising number of United States citizens getting sick. The U.S. government plans to launch studies of additional vaccines every month through the fall.
Fauci went on to say that he was "actively involved" in the administration's decision to restrict air travel to the USA from Europe, and repeated, "Yes, I do" when Scalise asked if he agreed with the move and if he believed it saved American lives.
He added that any crowded gatherings where people were not wearing face masks posed a risk.
Fauci said his optimism is based on results from earlier phases of the Moderna trial that "clearly showed that individuals who were vaccinated mounted a neutralizing antibody response that was at least comparable, and in many respects, than what we see in convalescent [blood] serum".
States reopening without following federal guidelines crafted with his input led to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Friday.
As CNN reported, Russian Federation intends to be the first county in the world to approve a vaccine within the next two weeks.
Potential vaccines are also in the final stages of development in Britain and China.
Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a functional sense, about 50 percent of America closed down during the weeks-long, near-nationwide lockdowns that started in many areas in March. "I'm not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way".
Conservative Rep. Jordan of OH used his inquiry time to try and trap Dr. Fauci into condemning protests for Black Lives Matter.
"Should we limit the protesting?" "You make comments on dating, on baseball and everything you could imagine". "I'm not favouring anybody over anybody", Fauci answered. "I'm not going to opine on limiting anything ... I'm telling you what it is - the danger - and you can make your own conclusion about that".
"So you're allowed to protest - millions of people on one day, in crowds, yelling, screaming - but you try to run your business, you get arrested?"