17 August, 2022

Covid-19 testing shortage in the US. will be resolved, Fauci announced

Anthony Fauci, White House advisor. Photo: Courtesy.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

U.S –  Covid-19 testing shortage observed in the United States will be resolved soon, said this Sunday Dr. Anthony Fauci, adviser to the White House in the fight against the pandemic, while the country observes an outbreak of cases due to the Omicron variant.

“One of the problems right now is that (tests) they won't be fully available to everyone until January ", said the epidemiologist to the ABC chain.

Long lines to test for Covid-19. photo VD: Ricardo Palacios.

“We are tackling the problem of testing and, soon, that will be solved ", continuous, also acknowledging their frustration at this shortage.

On the occasion of the end of the year holidays, The United States met a high demand for evidence, especially kits to do at home.

People who went to the testing centers for Covid-19 have been waiting for hours to be seen. photo VD: Ricardo Palacios.

At the same time, the number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase dramatically due to the spread of the Omicron variant, with an average of more than 175 a thousand new infections a day in the last week, according to recent CDC data, main federal public health agency.

These coincident events are partly responsible for the “high demand” and the consequent shortage of evidence., Fauci said. "Obviously we have to do better", he commented.

President Joe Biden announced last week the purchase by the federal government of some 500 million kits that will be delivered free of charge to anyone who requests them.

But these tests will be available in January, which fuels strong criticism against the White House, whose strategy to combat Covid-19 has focused primarily on vaccination.

Referring to Omicron Features, Fauci said this Sunday that it is an "extraordinarily contagious" variant, but he cited studies carried out in South Africa and the United Kingdom that seem to indicate that the cases are less dangerous..