Reuters/Ipsos poll: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine

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In a statement, Fauci told CNBC, "I don't want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go".

Fauci did issue a warning, however, and advised against relaxing social distancing measures too soon, and pointed out his concerns that some areas across the United States may be skipping steps or rushing through them in order to reopen.

The National Institutes for Health official has taken heat from Republican lawmakers for appearing to lobby against President Trump's calls for reopening.

Fauci said that lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were necessary at one point because the number of COVID-19 cases were exploding in the country. How do you address what Mr. Blankfein is saying today and what others have said in the past days, that's it's just time to open this country up and protect the most vulnerable.

"If states and cities and counties are going to [open] no matter what, I would recommend that they take very specific precautions in doing that", he said.

"It's not surprising a significant percentage of Americans are not going to take the vaccine because of the awful messaging we've had, the absence of a communication plan around the vaccine and this very aggressive anti-vaccine movement", said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is developing a vaccine. "You can still proceed to open, so long as you do those fundamental baseline things".

"There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that".

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