Trump Calls Testing ‘An Amazing Achievement,’ Despite Still Having No Testing Strategy
August 5, 2020
Trump claims that testing has been “an amazing achievement” and his administration says there is nothing more they can do, even as testing problems persist and Trump still has no national testing strategy to help contain the coronavirus.
Last night, Trump said that testing has been “an amazing achievement.”
TRUMP: “It’s been an amazing achievement, the testing.”
Trump still has no national testing strategy and persistent testing delays have hindered the pandemic response.
Washington Post: “There’s no national testing strategy for coronavirus. These states banded together to make one.”
New York Times: “‘It’s Like Having No Testing’: Coronavirus Test Results Are Still Delayed”
Trump announced a plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine. But he won’t supply enough test kits.
Associated Press: “The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds. A program that sounded like a game changer when it was announced last month at the White House is now prompting concerns that it could turn into another unfulfilled promise for nursing homes, whose residents and staff represent a tiny share of the U.S. population but account for as many as 4 in 10 coronavirus deaths, according to some estimates.”
Despite the Trump administration’s claims, experts overwhelmingly say the administration can do more to fix the country’s testing problems.
CNN: “CNN asked more than 20 public health and lab industry sources whether Giroir and the administration were doing all they could to fix the country’s testing problems and there was an overwhelming consensus: No.”
Most Americans agree and want the Trump administration to do more to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including expanding testing.
NPR: “Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.”
NPR: “Other measures that enjoy broad backing include government funding to expand testing for the coronavirus and make it free of charge.”