Covid-19 testing shortage in US to be resolved soon: Anthony Fauci

The paucity of evidence Covid-19 observed in U.S It will be resolved soon, the doctor assured this Sunday Anthony Fauci, adviser to the White House in the fight against pandemic, while the country observes an outbreak of cases due to the Omicron variant.

“One of the problems right now is that (the tests) will not be fully available to everyone until January,” the epidemiologist told ABC.

“We are addressing the testing problem and very soon, that will be fixed,” he continued, also acknowledging his frustration at this shortage.

On the occasion of the end of the year holidays, U.S met a particularly high demand for tests, especially kits to perform at home.

At the same time, the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise dramatically due to the spread of the Omicron variant, averaging more than 175,000 new infections a day in the past week, according to Sunday data from the CDC, the main federal agency for public health.

These coincident events are partly responsible for the “high demand” and the resulting shortage of evidence, Fauci said.

“Obviously we have to do better,” he said.

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

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

On December 6, days after Ómicron’s presence was first detected in U.STo questions from the press, presidential spokeswoman Jen Psaki simply replied: “We should send all Americans a free trial, right?”

Referring to the characteristics of Ómicron, Fauci said this Sunday that it is an “extraordinarily contagious” variant, but cited studies carried out in South Africa Y United Kingdom that seem to indicate a lower danger of the cases.

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