State leaders complain that they can’t scale up testing without Federal assistance.
US Vice President Mike Pence is holding a conference call with state governors from the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday in response to calls to develop a national strategy for testing for coronavirus and help provide hospitals with the necessary supplies.
As President Donald Trump told a white house press conference on Sunday, Pence will discuss with governors “what else can be done to work together to develop testing strategies that take into account local characteristics.”
“We want to help them,” the President said.
Health experts insist that the country needs to set up a testing infrastructure to safely begin phasing out measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus and avoid a new outbreak.
The country’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC’s “Good morning America” on Monday that between 1.5 and 2 million tests a week are currently being performed in the country, but this figure needs to be doubled or tripled as soon as possible.
The administration considers that there are enough opportunities for analysis to begin the first phase of the plan announced last week to return to a normal rhythm of life. They also say that the States could conduct twice as many tests if they used all the available equipment.
Trump said on Sunday that before the conversation with Pence, the White House will send governors a list of large laboratory equipment available in their States. “There is a lot of technology in the States that some people don’t know about, but it is there,” he said.
However, governors have been complaining for weeks that they can’t scale up testing without Federal assistance.