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Fauci: {WE HAVE BEEN} Addressing the COVID Testing Problem — 'We'{ve Obviously {Surely got to} Do Better'|ve {Surely got to} Do Better&#039 Obviously;}

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that the Biden administration was addressing {the issue} of Americans not having enough home COVID tests.

Fauci said, {“There’s still some issues now {of individuals} {having difficulty} getting tested,|“There’s some issues now {of individuals} {having difficulty} getting tested still,} but we’re addressing the testing problem, {and that {soon} {that’ll be|which will be} corrected.|and that very {that’ll be|which will be} corrected soon.}”

Guest-host Jon Karl said, {“The president {appeared to} me to be quite defensive when David Muir asked him {concerning the} testing issue.|“The president {appeared to} me to be defensive when David Muir asked him {concerning the} testing issue quite.} He said, {it has} not been {failing}, but I mean, {I have already been} asking questions about testing, {{frequently} with you standing with {others} at the podium since,|so with you standing with {others} at the podium since often,} you know, {the start of} the pandemic. Testing was a colossal failure in {the first} days, {and why {could it be} that now nearly {2 yrs} in,|and why {could it be} that nearly {2 yrs} in now,} {we still don’t have affordable tests {accessible} to anybody who needs it?|we still don’t have affordable tests {open to} anybody who needs it widely?} {After all}, this must {bother you}, I imagine {aswell}.”

Fauci said, “Well, {it does obviously,} Jon. I mean, {even with {the total amount} – I mean,|with {the total amount} – {After all} even,} if you {go through the} {start of the} administration, {{the start of} the year,|of {the entire year} the beginning,} {{there have been} essentially no rapid point of care home tests available.|{there have been} no rapid point of care home tests available essentially.} {{There} are over nine {of these} and more coming.|{You can find} over nine {of these} {and much more} coming now.} {The production {of these} has been rapidly upscaled,|The production {of these} has been upscaled rapidly,} {yet}, because of the demand that we have, which in some respects, Jon, is good that we have a high demand because we should be using testing much more extensively than we have. {{Even yet in} {a predicament} where you have {folks who are|individuals who are} vaccinated or boosted,|{Even yet in} {a predicament} where you have {folks who are|individuals who are} boosted or vaccinated,} but the situation where you have such a high demand, a conflation of events, Omicron is starting to get people appropriately concerned and wanting to get tested as well as the fact of the run-on tests for the {holidays}.

He added, {“We’ve obviously {surely got to} do better.|“We’ve obviously better {surely got to} do.} {{I believe} things will improve greatly {once we} get into January,|Into January {i believe} things will improve greatly {once we} get,} but that doesn’t help us today and tomorrow.”

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