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Dr. Fauci Tells Senate How We Can Turn Around Pandemic

“We feel cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a safe and effective vaccine,” he said.

While there are no drugs or other therapeutics presently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat COVID-19, Dexamethasone and Remdesivir are the only two treatments that have consistently proven to show success in treating the virus. However, on Wednesday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, revealing that there are additional COVID treatments that could prove promising in the battle against the virus, responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Americans. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Feels "Optimistic" About Some Treatments

"There are a number of other treatments, including antiviral convalescent plasma, which is still being tested in randomized control trials," he said. Convalescent plasma takes antibodies produced by an individual who has already battled COVID, and gives them to those fighting the virus. 

He added that he also feels "optimistic" about monoclonal antibodies. Interestingly, he explains that these antibodies are currently being tested in "an inpatient setting family prophylaxis, which means when an individual in a given family gets infected, if you give monoclonal antibodies to the rest of the family, can you prevent the spread within the family unit," adding that the method is also being tested in nursing homes. "There are three companies involved in this," he said. 

Additionally, he pointed out that there are currently six companies working on a vaccine with the federal government, three of which have entered into phase three trial. "Very soon, there will be a fourth," he added.  

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"As I mentioned to this committee, we feel cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a safe and effective vaccine," he said, explaining that early studies have shown that the vaccines "induce a response that is comparable to if not better than natural infection."

"We predict that sometime by the end of this year—let's say November or December—we will know whether or not these are safe and effective," he said, adding that "doses of this vaccine are being produced" that they will be "ready to be distributed." 

"We feel strongly that if we have a combination of adherence to the public health measures together with a vaccine that will be distributed to people in this country and worldwide, we may be able to turn around this terrible pandemic that we have been experiencing." 

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How to Avoid COVID-19

If you experience any heart issues, contact your medical professional immediately. And to keep yourself free from COVID-19, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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