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Administration health officials to answer senators' questions via videoconferencing

Administration health officials to answer senators' questions via videoconferencing
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Administration officials will answer senators' questions at a Tuesday hearing through video conference, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base McConnell aims for unity amid growing divisions with Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Tenn.) said Sunday. 

“After consulting with Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, and in an abundance of caution for our witnesses, senators, and the staff, all four Administration witnesses will appear by videoconference due to these unusual circumstances,” Alexander said in a statement. 

The update follows Alexander's announcement on Saturday that FDA Commissioner Stephan Hahn and CDC Director Robert Redfield, who are both self-quarantining after exposure to COVID-19, would appear at the hearing through video conference. 

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In addition to Hahn and Redfield, Fauci and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir will appear as witnesses during Tuesday's hearing. 

CNN reported on Saturday that Fauci will begin a  “modified quarantine” after low risk contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Tuesday’s hearing will allow administration officials to update senators regarding what federal, state and local governments are doing to help Americans get back to work and school amid the pandemic.