Tag Archives: Testing

White House denies report that national coronavirus testing plan was scrapped to hurt blue states

Admiral Brett Giroir, U.S. Assistant Secretary For Health, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2020. Erin Scott | Pool | Reuters The White House on Friday denied a report claiming the Trump administration scrapped plans for a national coronavirus testing strategy to make Democratic governors in… Read More »

Testing Backlogs May Cloud the True Spread of the Coronavirus

As demand for coronavirus testing surges around the nation, laboratories that process samples are again experiencing backlogs that have left anxious patients and their doctors waiting days — sometimes a week or more — for results. At the city and state levels, testing delays could mask persistent rises in case numbers and could cloud ways to combat the… Read More »

Fauci: Trump never asked to slow down testing, ‘cautiously optimistic’ about vaccine by 2021

Dive Brief: Top Trump administration public health officials denied President Donald Trump ever asked them to slow down COVID-19 testing to tamp rising case counts, despite the president’s weekend remarks to the contrary, at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday. The U.S. has conducted more than 27 million tests to date, with a… Read More »

Peter Navarro: Trump’s talk about slowing down coronavirus testing was ‘tongue-in-cheek’

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said President Trump was joking when he said he asked officials to “slow down” coronavirus testing. Navarro was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to react to the president’s comments during his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Come on now, Jake. You know it was tongue-in-cheek,” Navarro said. “Come… Read More »

Trump suggests US slow virus testing

President Donald Trump says he’s asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19. Trump told supporters at his campaign rally on Saturday night that the US had tested 25 million people, far more than any other country. The “bad part,” Trump said, was that widespread… Read More »

False-negative COVID-19 tests highlight need for testing accuracy

As communities across the U.S. have struggled to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have focused on the lack of widespread testing as a major barrier to safely reopening the country. As progress has been made on this front, the concern has shifted to testing accuracy, predominantly with antibody tests, which are… Read More »