US President Donald Trump has said a sobering warning by his top infectious diseases expert about lifting pandemic restrictions too soon was unacceptable.

He accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of wanting “to play all sides of the equation” in his testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday.

The president said he was especially dissatisfied with Dr. Fauci’s caution around reopening schools too quickly.

Covid-19 has infected nearly 1.4 million people in the US and killed 84,000, while ravaging the economy.

Speaking on Wednesday at the White House, Mr. Trump took issue with Dr. Fauci’s comments to a Senate hearing a day earlier about the risks to children of reopening and his assessment that a vaccine was unlikely before classes could begin this autumn.

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