A top U.S. infectious disease expert has said that he expects the country will be in “good shape” to reopen schools by fall.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the remarks Tuesday during the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing when asked about the next school year.

“I fully expect, …, by the time we get to the fall, that we will have this [coronavirus] under control enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now, where people are shutting schools,” Fauci said.

“My optimistic side tells me

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