COVID-19: Testing shortage in the United States will be resolved, promises Dr Fauci

COVID-19: Testing shortage in the United States is going to be be resolved, promises Dr Fauci

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Washington | The shortage of COVID-19 tests seen in the United States will soon be resolved, said Dr.Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser in the fight against the pandemic, on Sunday as the country observes an outbreak of cases due to the Omicron variant. & nbsp;

“One of the problems right now is that (the tests) will not be fully available to everyone until January,” the epidemiologist told the ABC channel.

“But we are tackling the problem of testing, and that, very soon, will be fixed,” he continued, also acknowledging his frustration with this shortage.

On the occasion of the holidays of At the end of the year as a family, the United States experienced a real rush for tests, especially for kits for testing yourself at home.

At the same time, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise sharply due to the spread of the Omicron variant, with an average of more than 175,000 new cases per day on Sunday, over the past seven days, according to data from the CDC, the main federal public health agency.

These coinciding events are partly responsible for this “high demand” resulting in the shortage of tests, according to Dr Fauci. “We obviously have to do better,” he argued.

President Joe Biden resolved last week to announce massive purchases of tests by the federal government: 500 million kits, which will be distributed free of charge to whoever requests it.

But these tests will not be delivered until January, which fuels strong criticism against the White House, whose strategy to fight Covid-19 has for weeks been mainly focused on vaccination.

< p> US executive spokeswoman Jen Psaki was questioned on December 6, days after Omicron was first detected in the United States, about the difficulty of accessing tests in the country.

She just ironed, “We should send all Americans a free test, right?” “

Dr Fauci also spoke on the issue of the Omicron variant and how dangerous it is.

Recognizing how 'extraordinarily contagious' Omicron is, however, he praised the data from studies in South Africa. and the UK which seem to indicate a lower dangerousness of cases.

“The problem we don't want to be complacent with (…) is when you have such a volume of new infections , that could exceed the real reduction of the dangerousness ”, he warned however, fearing a congestion of the hospital system.

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