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In a letter to the community, Congressman Adam Schiff addressed the slow response from the White House administration and touched on what Congress has done to help speed up the process.
By News Desk
The following is an excerpt from the letter:
Simply put: we can’t manage the spread of Coronavirus if we don’t know who has it.
It is a national outrage that testing has been so unavailable, in part because of the slow and inconsistent response by the Trump Administration. Widespread availability of testing, not only for those who have traveled recently, will position us far better to prevent further infections and provide effective treatments to patients, and while the situation is improving, it isn’t improving fast enough.
On Congress ensuring America is prepared:
- Last week, we passed a bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency funding package, which will allow us to deliver a coordinated, comprehensive response to this crisis, including funding for treatment and vaccine research.
- On Friday, the House passed another bipartisan bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide Coronavirus tests at no costs to all who need them, reimburse small and medium size businesses for providing paid sick leave, as well as ensuring paid family leave, expanded food security programs, enhanced unemployment insurance, and more. This critical bill now awaits a vote in the Senate.
Schiff also spoke with Dr. Rebecca Katz, Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center about the Coronavirus:
We will get through this
This is a moment to be prepared and cautious, and to closely follow the guidance of public health officials – but not to panic. We must work together, make some sacrifices, and smart changes to our daily lives to ensure we slow the spread of disease. We will get through this.
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