CDC runs only 70 CORONAVIRUS TESTS despite promises from trump administration

CDC runs only 70 CORONAVIRUS TESTS despite promises from trump administration

CDC
admits they have only 

completed 70 coronavirus 

tests THIS WEEK –
despite 

Trump promising MILLIONS 

more

  • In
    the last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran
    just 70 coronavirus tests in its labs

  • 54
    tests were completed on March 5 and 16 tests were completed on March
    6 – and no tests were run between March 7 and March 10

  • This
    is despite promises from the Trump administration that millions of
    test kits would be distributed by next week

  • In
    the US, there are more than 1,500 confirmed cases and 39 people have
    died

Daily Mail,

12
March, 2020

The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have only run 70
coronavirus tests within the last week, new figures reveal.

The
federal heath agency ran 54 tests on March 5 and 16 tests on March 6
– and no tests between March 7 and March 10.

What’s
more, only eight tests were completed by US public health
laboratories on March 10 – a 97 percent drop from the day before.

This
is despite promises from the Trump administration that America would
be ramping up testing and that more than one million kits would soon
be distributed to all 50 states.


Since
January 18, just 11,079 specimens have been tested for the virus that
causes COVID-19 at CDC labs and US public health laboratories.

This
is notwithstanding comments from Vice President Mike Pence at a
Monday press conference that one million test kits had been
distributed and that four million were expected to go about by the
end of this week or the next.

However,
he did not specify where the kits were sent to, or would be sent to.

Both
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Vice President
Pence said the government currently does not have enough kits to keep
up with demand.

It’s
also lower than the 75,000 ‘cumulative’ kits available for testing
across all 50 states, according to Dr Nancy Messonnier, the director


Yahoo
News reports that only a single private lab is currently performing
tests despite the administration stressing that the private sector
would help cover the deficit.

‘This
is not a problem we can test our way out of,’ Dr Stephen Redd, head
of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response,
testified before Congress on Wednesday.

His
comments seemed to imply that it would be impossible to test every
single one of the nearly 330 million people living in the US.

Meanwhile,
on Tuesday, CDC director Dr Robert Redfield told Congress that a lack
of funding was the reason America’s response to the outbreak has been
slow.

‘The
truth is we’ve underinvested in the public health labs,’ Dr Redfield
said.

‘There’s
not enough equipment, there’s not enough people, there’s not enough
internal capacity, there’s no search capacity.’

Less
than week after the CDC shipped its first batch of kits, several
state labs said the diagnostic was returning ‘inconclusive results.’

This
forced the federal health agency to remanufacture components of the
kit.

Additionally,
tests can take anywhere from two to seven says to return results.

It’s
why states filed emergency requests to conduct their own testing and
why institutions like the Cleveland Clinic have developed a
coronavirus test that will be able to deliver results in just hours.

Worldwide,
more than 125,000 people have been infected in more than 100
countries and more than 4,600 people have died.

In
the US, more than 1,500 cases have been confirmed in at least 46
states and the District of Columbia and 39 people have died.

However,
health experts have warned that these numbers are probably much lower
than the actual figures due to a lack of testing.

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