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CDC 'let the country down' on coronavirus testing: White House

May 18, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
WASHINGTON: The White House rebuked the top US health agency on Sunday, saying "It let the country down" on providing testing crucial to the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

"Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing," White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told NBC's "Meet the Press."

Navarro's comments mark the strongest criticism by a named White House official of the CDC's role in the administration's slow rollout of testing.

"There is no doubt that the CDC has made mistakes, especially on testing in the early stages of the pandemic ... But punishing the agency by marginalizing and hobbling it is not the solution," it said.

On Mar 6, Trump said as he toured the CDC headquarters in Atlanta that four million "Beautiful" testing kits would be available within a week and that "Anybody that needs a test gets a test."