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U.S. Labs Face Shortage of Supplies Needed to Test for Coronavirus

HeadlineMar 12, 2020

Across the U.S., labs are reporting shortages of critical equipment and chemicals needed to test for the virus. And Time magazine reports the White House has blocked the public release of a report by the director of national intelligence warning the United States is starkly unprepared for a global pandemic.

The editor-in-chief of Science magazine blasted the Trump administration’s coronavirus response in a scathing op-ed published Wednesday. The editor, Holden Thorp, writes that Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top scientist on Vice President Mike Pence’s coronavirus task force, must be allowed to speak freely about the outbreak. Thorp wrote, “Informing Fauci and other government scientists that they must clear all public comments with Vice President Mike Pence is unacceptable. This is not a time for someone who denies evolution, climate change, and the dangers of smoking to shape the public message.”

On Capitol Hill, Dr. Fauci warned lawmakers Wednesday that COVID-19 is likely 10 times deadlier than seasonal flu and that the pandemic is certain to get worse.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: “How much worse we’ll get will depend on our ability to do two things: to contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country. Bottom line, it’s going to get worse.”

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