Dr. Fauci Set to Discuss COVID-19 Crisis After White House Smears—Watch Live Online

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the U.S., leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to share his thoughts on the outbreak.

In a "virtual fireside chat" with Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Fauci is currently scheduled to answer pre-submitted questions about the pandemic that has been linked to more than three million U.S. infections.

The discussion will cover COVID-19's "resurgence," highlights a path to overcoming the pandemic and answers pre-submitted queries, a description of the event reads. It is set for July 13 at 10:30 a.m. PT and can be watched via a free live-stream. You can also view below.

Organizers have said the date and time is ultimately subject to change due to "COVID-19's quickly evolving conditions." The stream does not support the Internet Explorer browser, so anyone interesed should use Edge, Firefox or Chrome.

The appearance of Dr. Fauci, who has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, comes after the expert voiced concern about how the U.S. has been handling COVID-19 compared to other countries.

His comments prompted a backlash from some anonymous White House officials, who sought to discredit him over the weekend by questioning his expertise.

The increasingly-sidelined scientific adviser, who at one point was a common sight on the COVID-19 task force, drew ire from the Trump administration after saying during a FiveThirtyEight podcast last week that the U.S. response had been lacking.

"As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great. I mean, we're just not," Dr. Fauci stated during the segment.

Discussing reasons for the recent surge in cases—more than 15,000 new infections in Florida alone over the past weekend—Dr. Fauci agreed that it has been a mixture of politicians not following guidelines and citizens not following health advice.

"You could see from just looking, documented on TV and in the papers of still photos of people at bars and congregations, which are a perfect setup, particularly if you don't have a mask. Yeah, then there are some times when despite the guidelines... some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly," he elaborated.

Speaking with the Financial Times last week, as U.S. hospitals were getting increasingly overwhelmed, Dr. Fauci described the pandemic as a "serious ongoing problem."

His warnings led to fresh backlash from the White House, with outlets reporting over the weekend a document was being circulated by unnamed officials that included a list of his past comments about the novel coronavirus that turned out to be wrong.

Many of the statements on the list had been based on the scientific evidence that was available at the time during the rapidly-evolving pandemic, CNBC reported.

Reacting to the situation, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Sunday that attempts to sideline Dr. Fauci had been "atrocious" but "so characteristic of Donald Trump.

The headline of this article has been updated.

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives a thumbs up during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on June 30, 2020 in Washington,DC. AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP/Getty