White House Opposes Expanded Virus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks - News Summed Up

White House Opposes Expanded Virus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks


“The overwhelming majority of people who get this infection are not at high risk,” Dr. Atlas said in the interview. Mr. Mnuchin said on Thursday that the pair had settled on spending an additional $75 billion for testing and tracing. But the sides have not yet reached agreement on the language that Democrats have demanded for a national testing strategy, including timelines and benchmarks for allocating testing supplies and testing communities heavily affected by the virus. Democrats have been wary that the administration would actually spend the money as intended without specific legislative parameters. At the population level, they can also help health officials monitor any spread and pinpoint and quash outbreaks before they spin out of control.


Source: New York Times October 16, 2020 21:56 UTC



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