The US president on Tuesday blamed a health agency decision under Obama, saying that made coronavirus test kits difficult to provide.
“The Obama administration made the decision about the trial which turned out to be very detrimental to what we were doing, and we canceled that decision a few days ago so the testing could take place in the main way. Much faster and more accurate, “Trump told reporters during the White House meeting with executives of airlines who he wanted to meet to discuss the economic damage of the outbreak, according to the Guardian.
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“It’s a decision we disagree with. I don’t think we will make such a decision, but for some reason it was made,” Mr. Trump added.
It is unclear which decision the US president made, but Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said private laboratory experiments were once allowed to develop testing methods. clinical, but “in previous administrations it was under control”.
“In order to develop clinical testing methods, someone will have to submit an application to the FDA,” said Redfield, referring to the US Food and Drug Administration, which is notoriously difficult. slots in the licensing.
But laboratory testing experts say they don’t know a single Obama administration’s decision hinders the development of testing methods at university laboratories, or private institutions, in emergency situation.
According to ProPublica, the responsibility for the lack of test kits in the United States is that the CDC has decided to develop and distribute their own kits, instead of using kits recommended by the World Health Organization. gender (WHO).
However, the kit developed by the CDC failed and did not give accurate results, causing samples of Covid-19 infected samples to test positive for other viruses.
The Trump administration is facing criticism for not reacting strongly enough to curb the spread of the virus in the early stages of the epidemic in the United States, even with threats of mitigation. by Covid-19.
A few days ago, Larry Kudlow, Mr. Trump’s economic adviser, claimed that the corona virus was “contained” in the US, although the figures showed otherwise.
In another development, during the March 4 meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump continued to appear to be a very joking person.
When a health professional advised everyone to actively wash their hands and not touch their faces, Mr. Trump said, “I haven’t touched my face for a few weeks, and I miss it very much.”