Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a radio interview he has not spoken to President Donald Trump in "weeks."
Fauci told Washington, D.C., NPR-affiliate WAMU he talked to Trump, "not last week, but the week before."
"I spoke with him when we made the presentation to explain to him our vaccine development efforts," Fauci said. "So, it was two weeks ago."
The White House coronavirus task force expert said his encounters with Trump have become fewer and fewer. Earlier this month, Fauci said, "I was meeting with him four times a week back, a month or so ago. But as you probably noticed, that the task force meetings have not occurred as often lately."
Fauci gave hope a coronavirus vaccine could be coming soon.
"We fully expect that we will have an advanced trial . . . by the first week or two in July," Fauci said. "We're moving very quickly, and I might emphasize not at the expense of safety."
Fauci also talked about the need for people to use caution as states continue easing coronavirus restrictions.
"Even when states officially go by the standard type of recommendations, you still find people within a state or within a city who are not adhering to recommendations," Fauci said. "It isn't as if you stay locked down or you open up and leave caution to the wind."
And he said it is not a given the United States will face another wave of coronavirus pandemic.
"It is not inevitable that we're going to have a second wave if we do what we need to do to prevent it from happening," Fauci said.
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