Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Senate lawmakers on Tuesday that the agency had spent around three months developing a plan to rebuild “vaccine confidence,” an attempt to win over a large slice of Americans still hesitant about inoculation.

The hearing came as infections have surged around the country, largely in the South and the West. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned that the surge “puts the entire country at risk.”

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” Dr. Fauci said. “And so I am very concerned.”

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