Trump falsely blames Obama admin for hurting rollout of coronavirus test kits: Fact Check

METRO PLUS

Hushpuppi: US court dismisses fraud case against Nigerian, Mr Woodberry

A US court has dismissed a fraud case against a Nigerian accused of cyber-crime, Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Mr Woodberry.

Four Police officers arrested for fleeing kidnap scene of Maku’s niece

Four police officers who failed to stop the kidnapping of Salisu Usman Maku, nephew of former information minister Labaran Maku have been arrested.

54-year-old pastor defiles girl,10, in Ogun

• Teenager remanded for alleged rape of minor• Man, 28, rapes 14-year-old girlDaud Olatunji, Abiodun...

Generator fumes kill three Delta kids, carpenter falls, dies

Three siblings have died after inhaling generator fumes in Emevor community, in the Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Police arrest 60-year-old man for defiling 9-year-old girl in Anambra

Police in Anambra State have arrested a 60-year-old man for allegedly defiling a 9-year-old girl in Nkwelle Ezunaka, near Onitsha.

President Donald Trump is falsely blaming the Obama administration for the slow rollout of U.S. tests for the new coronavirus, ignoring his administration’s own fumbles in responding to the health crisis and mischaracterizing Obama-era policies.

His comments, delivered to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, come as many Americans are asking how they can get tested for the dangerous virus to ensure it doesn’t spread unnecessarily through communities.

The Trump administration has faced sharp questions by state governors and Democratic lawmakers for the lack of tests available to doctors and hospitals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that its initial test kits didn’t work as designed and that new tests were needed — delaying the government’s ability to detect and contain the spread of the virus.

trump pence ap ps
President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a coronavirus briefing with Airline CEOs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 4, 2020.President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a coronavirus briefing with Airline CEOs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 4, 2020.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

At a briefing at the White House this week, Trump pointed the finger at the Obama administration, inaccurately suggesting that “a decision” made under President Barack Obama had tied the hands of his current administration.

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing,” Trump said Wednesday. “And we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place in a much more accurate and rapid fashion.”

Under Obama, the Food and Drug Administration exercised only some oversight of large commercial test kits shipped across state lines. But there was little to no check done on single medical labs, former officials said.

“The FDA has generally not enforced premarket review and other applicable FDA requirements for laboratory tests,” the agency confirmed in a statement.

In fact, the lack of regulation of medical tests was so concerning to Obama aides that the FDA proposed the idea – and found bipartisan support on Capitol Hill – of increasing oversight of medical testing to protect patients from being given tests they don’t need or from inaccurate results.

But the Obama administration ultimately never acted on the proposal and it never became a regulation. Instead, in January 2017, it issued a “discussion paper” as it left the matter up to Trump.

Last Saturday, the FDA invoked a 2004 law – passed well before Trump or Obama took office – to specifically authorize coronavirus tests to be developed in private laboratories like hospitals and given to patients without prior federal approval.

Worth noting though is that this power was something Health Secretary Alex Azar and the FDA have had since coronavirus became a global health crisis in late January.

But standing next to Trump, Robert Redfield – head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – backed up Trump’s mischaracterization of Obama-era policy when it came to medical tests.

Redfield told reporters that “in the previous administration that became regulated” and that the recent move by the FDA allowed “regulatory relief.”

The White House and CDC did not respond to a request for comment.

hahn azar sh rc
Left to right, Director of the NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, Commissioner for food and drugs in the Food and Drug Administration Stephen Hahn,…

Left to right, Director of the NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, Commissioner for food and drugs in the Food and Drug Administration Stephen Hahn, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar, Assistant HHS Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert R. Redfield appear before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the oversight of the coronavirus outbreak, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020.MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/REX

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn called the agency’s decision to make clear lab tests wouldn’t run afoul of federal regulators was the “right balance” in the face of a health crisis. At the time of the policy change, the CDC said it had enough tests for about 75,000 people – a fraction of the tests health officials expect they will need.

“That means ‘X’ hospital in whatever state, whatever county, if they’re certified, can develop their own laboratory based test. They notify us when that occurs, and then 15 days later provide us the validation data,” Hahn told reporters.

Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is facing an outbreak of the virus in her state, has accused the administration of overestimating the number of tests that would become available to Americans and called on the administration to “do better.”

“People across Washington — and the nation – are really scared,” she said during a hearing this week. “I’m hearing from people who want to get tested and believe they have been exposed – but nobody can tell them where to go.”

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

MOST READ

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

LATEST ARTICLES

2023: Campaign poster Peter Obi for president, Kwankwaso for VP emerges [PHOTO]

Campaign poster of Peter Obi, former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vice presidential candidate, has surfaced online.The campaign poster...

NBA crisis: Ganduje warns Nigerian lawyers against ethnic, religious chauvinism

Against the background of the crisis that recently rocked the Nigeria Bar Association NBA, which almost split it into two factions, the...

BREAKING: Kaduna: Kingmakers vote new Emir of Zazzau, submit 3 names to El-Rufai

The election of the new Emir of Zazzau was held Thursday night in Kaduna.The late monarch, Shehu Idris,...

Man sentenced to one year imprisonment for abducting applicant

A Magistrates’ Court in Wuse on Thursday sentenced a 34-year-old welder, Abdulganiyu Abdulazeez, to one year in prison for abducting and defrauding...

Edo election: APC campaign clears air on Ize-Iyamu’s appeal that Obaseki should dump PDP

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organization has denied that the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the last election appealed to Governor...