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Why Is It Taking So Long To Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing In The US?

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A nurse holds a vial and a swab for coronavirus testing.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on why COVID-19 testing in the US has slowed down. In order to relax shelter in place policies, we need widespread testing. What will it take to get there?

According to Politico, the number of coronavirus tests analyzed each day by commercial labs in the US plummeted by more than 30 percent over the past week. TheAmerican Clinical Laboratory Association reported that the number of samples commercial labs handle each day fell from 108,000 on April 5 to 75,000 by April 12. What will it take to ramp up testing?


Dr. Dena Grayson, medical doctor and researcher who spent years developing a medical treatment for Ebola

Web Resources:

The Nation, Gregg Gonsalves: Testing. Testing. 1-2-3 Testing.

Politico, David Lim: Coronavirus testing hits dramatic slowdown in U.S.

NY Times, Nicholas Kristof: Trump's Deadly Search for a Scapegoat

Vox, Dylan Scott: America’s embarrassingly mediocre coronavirus testing, in 2 charts