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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. 

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.

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."

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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.

 

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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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