Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that the Biden administration is addressing the issue of Americans not having enough COVID testing at home.
Fauci stated, “There are still some issues right now with people having difficulty getting tested, but that we’re addressing that problem and that that very soon will be corrected.”
Jon Karl, guest-host, said that the president appeared to be defensive when David Muir questioned him about testing. This has not been a failure. But I’m sure he was referring to the fact that he had been asking questions about testing since the outbreak of the pandemic. In the beginning, testing was a failure. Why is it that, nearly two years later, there are still no affordable tests available for everyone who needs them? This must frustrate me, I think.”
Fauci stated, “Well, Jon, it does. Even with the amount — I mean if you look back at the beginning, the beginning year, there weren’t any rapid point-of-care home tests. There are now nine, and there will be more. They have been produced rapidly, but the demand for them is high. We should have used testing more frequently than we do. Omicron has been able to raise awareness and get people tested, even in situations where people have been vaccinated.
He said, “We have to do better.” Although I believe things will improve as we move into January, that doesn’t mean they won’t be better today or tomorrow.