WATCH: Fauci, Redfield testify on COVID-19 before Senate health committee

Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Robert Redfield testified on the COVID-19 pandemic before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, a day after the country hit another staggering milestone in coronavirus deaths.

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical supplies.

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Fauci and Redfield testify before Senate committee

Washington — Top administration health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield, are testifying before the Senate on Wednesday to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing comes the day after the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

a man wearing a suit and tie: House Select Subcommittee On Coronavirus Crisis Holds Hearing On Urgent Need For A National Plan

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House Select Subcommittee On Coronavirus Crisis Holds Hearing On Urgent Need For A National Plan

Redfield and Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are joined by Assistant Secretary For Health Dr. Brett Giroir and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the director of the Food and Drug Administration, in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

In his opening statement, Fauci said that he believed the country would know by November or December whether the vaccines currently being developed

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