March 27, 2020
PROMISE KEPT: More than Half a Million Americans Have Been Tested for the Coronavirus
Two weeks ago, President Trump told Americans that he had ordered a complete overhaul of the outdated U.S. testing system to make sure coronavirus tests could be developed and delivered as rapidly as possible, and signed legislation providing free tests for those who need it.
Vice President Pence just announced that, as of last night, over half a million Americans have since been tested for the coronavirus.
As New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed earlier this month, the Trump Administration has helped New York see a “phenomenal increase in testing.” The availability of tests have skyrocketed thanks to President Trump’s quick actions to cut red tape and mobilize the private sector to expand the development and availability of testing:
- The FDA allowed hundreds of academic hospital labs to immediately begin testing for the coronavirus.
- The FDA began speeding up emergency approval of coronavirus tests from hospital and public-health laboratories.
- The FDA granted emergency approval to coronavirus tests developed by private companies like Thermo Fisher and Roche Holding AG.
- The FDA approved the first rapid ‘point of care’ coronavirus test from Cepheid.
In addition, the Trump Administration is working with the private sector to open up drive-thru testing, fund research for new rapid diagnostic tests, encourage states to authorize their own tests, and take other actions to rapidly expand the availability of tests.
Learn more about the Trump Administration’s comprehensive actions to combat the coronavirus here.
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