CDC reverses widely criticized coronavirus testing guidelines – live

7.48pm BST

The New York Times has obtained emails showing how HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo and his deputy sought to silence the CDC.

The Times reports:

On June 30, as the coronavirus was cresting toward its summer peak, Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, composed a scathing two-page critique of an interview given by a revered scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C. and its principal deputy director, had appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, ‘We have way too much virus across the country.’ But Dr. Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods, appeared sure he understood the coronavirus better.

7.17pm BST

Programming note: the president’s press conference, which was scheduled to start about 15 minutes ago, has been pushed back to 2:30 pm ET.

Trump is expected to discuss the timeline for developing a coronavirus vaccine. The president said earlier this week that a vaccine would be available within “weeks”, while Dr Anthony Fauci has said he is cautiously optimistic a vaccine will be available by the end of the year or early next year.

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