President Donald Trump’s prime Coronavirus Task Force physician stated Thursday COVID-19 testing is “infinitely better” than it was and that the United States has “really caught up.”
“Today, the testing situation is infinitely better than what it was a few weeks ago. We now have hundreds of thousands of tests out there and in the next week or so we’ll be having like a million a week,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR in an interview.
“In the beginning, it was a slow start. But right now that the commercial firms have gotten involved we really have caught up and we will be seeing a much more improved system with regard to the availability and the implementation of testing,” Fauci stated.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was charged with main the duty pressure, made related statements in a press briefing Wednesday.
“Not including local labs and hospitals, we are at 432,000 tests completed and we’re pleased to see that there are literally drive-through and community sites around the country and the U.S. public health service is assisting states in standing those up each and every day,” Pence stated.
The vp additionally urged hospitals and labs to “provide the results of the tests” to the federal authorities to provide a greater image of what’s “happening on the ground.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, who’s coordinating the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, stated at a press briefing Tuesday that the 220,000 assessments executed the earlier eight days “put us equivalent to what [South Korea] did in eight weeks.”
“This was made possible because of the [Health and Human Services] team working together, bringing together the strength of the [Food and Drug Administration] and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and under the leadership of Secretary [Alex] Azar,” Birx stated.
Trump tweeted out information of what his administration has executed with testing: “Just reported that the United States has done far more ‘testing’ than any other nation, by far!”
While the United States has administered extra assessments than another nation on this planet, together with South Korea, the U.S. remains to be far behind in testing per capita when in comparison with the East Asian nation. South Korea has been in a position to take a look at one out each 142 of its residents, whereas the U.S. has solely examined one out of each 786 Americans, according to CNN. It ought to be famous that well being officers, together with Fauci and Birx, have said a number of occasions that solely those that are displaying signs ought to be examined.
As of this publication, the United States has 69,684 confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus and 1,049 deaths, in accordance with the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.