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When the federal government failed to provide COVID-19 tests, the private sector step

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When the federal government failed to provide COVID-19 tests, the private sector step

07.20.20 07:22 AM

The most important thing we need right now to fight COVID-19 is the ability to test people for the disease,*Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a general surgery specialist in Phoenix,*says*in a*new video*for Americans*for Prosperity’s*Health Care Reimagined*campaign. Unfortunately,*when it mattered most,*the federal regulators in charge of testing*failed.*The FDA crippled the ability of private companies to create their own tests,*allowing only the CDC to create a test for COVID-19. That test was flawed. Federal regulators put all our eggs in one basket — and dropped it. Americans were stuck with the mess.*We simply didn’t have the ability to test*enough*people for the coronavirus*when we needed to most.*When it became clear that*our federal bureaucracies couldn’t produce the tests we needed, the FDA opened the door*to*private testing. “During the pandemic, the FDA relaxed many of the rules making it easier for private companies to jump*in*—*and*they brought us many COVID-19 testing kits,” says*Dr. Singer. Many companies were able to develop*both saliva-based and finger-prick blood*tests for COVID-19, giving us a better idea of where the virus was*concentrated,*which*allowed*us to target our efforts.*BD, a medical device company, was recently*granted emergency authorization*from the FDA to launch a portable coronavirus antigen test. The test, which is*roughly*the size of a cellphone, allows medical providers*to […]

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