The U.S. government has now made it official — all coronavirus testings will be done for free.
President Donald Trump signed a new $100 billion economic relief bill on Wednesday aimed at improving the availability of testing kits.
“I’m pleased to receive a report today that tens of thousands of tests are being performed every day, and with the passage of last night’s legislations, a state and private labs are now required by law to report all coronavirus testing directly to the CDC.”
Pence stressed that only those with symptons should take the tests.
“If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need to get a test. We want to make sure the testing is available for people that are experiencing symptoms or have a genuine concern about having been exposed to someone with the coronavirus.”
Pence assured the public that there will not be a shortage in ventilators.
“We remain increasingly confident that we will have the ventilators that we need as the coronavirus makes its way across America.”
The same relief bill will also provide paid days off for workers affected by COVID-19, boost unemployement insurance, add funding for health insurance, and give an additional $1 billion in food aid.
The Food and Drug Administration meanwhile gave updates on the new COVID-19 treatments they are looking into.
But insisted they want to make sure they get it right.
“Let me make one thing clear FDA has responsibility to the American people is to ensure that products are safe and effective.”
Dr. Hahn added that they are even looking at using blood from a patient who survived covid 19 to treat a sick one.
“if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus and you’re better, you don’t have the virus in your blood, we could collect the blood. Now, this is a possible treatment. This is not a proven treatment. Just want to emphasize that. Collect the blood, concentrate that and have the ability, once it’s pathogen-free, that is virus-free. Be able to give that to other patients in the immunoglobulins. The immune response could potentially provide a benefit to patients.”
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, two lawmakers had tested positive for COVID-19, representatives Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah.
Both are reportedly doing fine and other lawmakers said they are committed to continue their work to help all Americans in need during this current crisis.