President Trump headed to Arizona on Tuesday for another stop in his campaign — a state seeing record-high coronavirus cases, despite his rallies’ no-mask policy.
Leaving the White House, he made statements on previous comments he made regarding slowing down COVID-19 testing in the U.S.
Trump’s comments goes against earlier statements from White House officials who claimed the president was only joking when he said he ordered to slow down coronavirus testing.
Also seemingly contradicting Trump’s comments were members of his own coronavirus task force, including top infectious disease expert – Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said Trump had not asked them to slow down testing for the virus.
“To my knowledge, I know for sure, but to my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. That just is a fact. In fact, we will be doing more testing.”
While coronavirus numbers are decreasing in some states, other states are also seeing spikes in cases.
As for the CDC, Dr. Redfield told congress that his agency is already preparing for the upcoming flu season and warned that it will be a challenging time if a second wave of COVID-19 infections happens.
Fauci stressed that the next few weeks will be critical in the country’s ability to address the surge in cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Fauci believes there’s a reasonably good chance that by early 2021, a vaccine will be available.
The U.S. has reported more than 2.3 million cases of COVID-19, with nearly 121,000 deaths.
To date, only 25 million Americans have been tested and health officials are aiming to test up 50 million people per month by fall.