The director for the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a Senate health committee hearing on Tuesday that the virus outbreak is moving in the "wrong direction", as several states struggle to contain the virus amid rising cases and state reopenings.
Asked if the virus pandemic is under control, Fauci said, "I am not satisfied with what's going on because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we've really got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly", adding, "Clearly we are not in total control right now."
He expressed alarm about spikes in states he noted may have relaxed social distancing and lockdowns too early so they could restart their economies.
"Clearly, we are not in control right now," Fauci stated, suggesting new cases could soar to 100,000 a day, from the roughly 40,000 new cases now reported daily, if the US can't contain deadly disease spread.
The United States cannot count on the availability of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the government's top infectious diseases expert announced.
The virus-hit country is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 23,000 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in a number of states across the South and West, especifically Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir also expressed concern about the surge of new infections and death.
On Monday, CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, the No. 2 official at the agency, on Monday told a medical journal that "we are not even beginning to be over this".
Many US states and businesses rolled back plans to reopen their economies, citing surges in novel coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. COVID-19 hospitalizations were growing in at least 20 states, according to an analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.
Only 17 states and Washington, DC, are currently meeting minimum targets for doing enough coronavirus testing, according to a new analysis.
The US recorded more than 47,000 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday - the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began. Some 1,199 people also died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 since June 10.
Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states more than doubled in June.
There are roughly 2.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and nearly 130,000 deaths.