Dr. Anthony Fauci reminded everyone of his favorite baseball team on Tuesday, sporting a Washington Nationals-themed facemask as he and three other members of the coronavirus task force arrived to testify before a House Committee.
The mask was a collage of multiple Nationals logos and other designs of the team name.
Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a Washington Nationals face mask as he and other members of the White House coronavirus task force arrive to testify before a House committee. https://t.co/T4P7GkPkTF pic.twitter.com/OiHAEHVOFt— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
During his testimony, Fauci said he believes a vaccine for the virus could be ready by the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. Should that happen, it would be record-time for the production of a vaccine.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVD-19 vaccine could be ready by the end of this year or early 2021; it's 'when and not if.'— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 23, 2020
In April, Fauci said that he wanted to see the Nationals play again, and offered a potential solution of how baseball could return amid the pandemic.
"I think you'll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me," Fauci said. "I'm living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again."
Yet, over two months later, Major League Baseball has yet to begin, largely due to a grueling back-and-forth between the owners and MLB Players Association about how many games would be played, player salaries and what protocols would be put in place to ensure player safety.
However, news broke Monday evening that commissioner Rob Manfred plans to implement a 60-game season beginning at the end of July. So, baseball could return after all in 2020.
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