"The NEA will absolutely support any affiliate that chooses to strike in response to unsafe learning and teaching conditions," a National Education Association spokesperson wrote.
Meanwhile, Russian officials have claimed they may have a vaccine approved by August.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the anti-malaria drug as a COVID-19 treatment, despite a lack of evidence.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is expected to discuss the "urgent need" for a national COVID-19 response during a House subcommittee hearing on Friday morning.
Fauci made the comments as the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges said the U.S. death toll could reach "multiples of hundreds of thousands" if things don't change.
A report compiled by the White House Coronavirus Task Force found 21 states confirmed more than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people last week.
The physician, who voiced unsubstantiated claims about hydroxychloroquine's impact on COVID-19 earlier this week, targeted NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Twitter Wednesday morning.
The top infectious disease expert said many questions remain about the safety of getting children back to the classroom.
The White House coronavirus task force member and top immunologist made the comments after President Donald Trump said some states should consider easing restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Donald Trump doubled down on his decision to retweet a video of a controversial doctor proclaiming that there's a "cure" for COVID-19.
The immunologist has rejected claims shared by the president, in the latest installment of a public split between the pair.
"This thing where you wait more than three days, sometimes seven days to get a test..." Gates said. "That's insane."
The leading immunologist and member of the White House coronavirus task force made the comments the day two pharmaceutical companies announced their respective COVID-19 experimental vaccines were entering their next phases.
Fauci said that he "cannot explain" the problem and that he does not have a "good answer."
The top U.S. infectious diseases expert said he and his family members have received threats and experienced harassment from individuals who disagree with his public health recommendations.
President Donald Trump said Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci would close the U.S. because of the coronavirus.
If the "overwhelming majority" of the population is vaccinated "we could start talking about real normality again. But it's going to be a gradual process," Fauci said.
COVID-19 cases in the U.S. exceeded 4 million on Thursday, about two weeks after the Change.org petition launched.
The leading infectious disease expert also warned that younger people in the U.S. are now "fueling the pandemic."
The president resumes coronavirus briefings for the first time in nearly 3 months as COVID-19 cases across the country rise and his poll ratings fall.
Pentatonix singer Scott Hoying rewrote the lyrics to "Alexander Hamilton" to offer praise for Dr. Anthony Fauci on TikTok and Instagram.
Fauci will be tossing the ball in an empty stadium as baseball arenas around the U.S. remain closed to spectators, at least for now.
NIH Director Francis Collins said he's baffled not at how, but at why, the country's discourse on wearing masks to help curb coronavirus infections has become a political debate.
Trump's top trade adviser criticised Fauci in a USA Today article.
"I can say as a public health official that I would urge the leaders, the local, political and other leaders, in states and cities and towns, to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks," Fauci said during a virtual interview with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As of July 17, the U.S. is reporting 3,576,430 total cases, with Brazil and India reporting 2,012,151 and 1,003,832, respectively, according to data from Johns Hopkins University's tracker.
The CEO made the comments during an interview with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.