Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers Thursday that the U.S. testing system for coronavirus is “a failing” and not yet ready to ramp up to test more Americans.
"The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it we are not set up for that,” he said at a House Oversight Committee hearing.
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): Reclaiming my time. Basically you seem to be saying because you can't name anyone specifically that there is no one specifically in charge that we can count on to make sure the people who need to be tested healthcare workers or anyone else there is not one person that can ensure that these tests can be administered. Yes or no?
ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: My colleague is looking at me to answer that. Here we go.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Okay.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: And I do have another question so if we can kind of get to the meat of the question.
FAUCI: The system--the system does not--is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is a failing.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: A failing, yes.
FAUCI: It is a failing, let's set mid-it. The fact is the way the system was set up is that the public health component that Doctor--that Dr. Redfield was talking about was a system where you put it out there in the public am a physician ask for it and you get it. The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes, but we are not.
Dr. Fauci says the travel ban to China absolutely made a difference: