The long lines at COVID-19 testing sites and unavailability of at-home testing kits is a direct result of the Biden administration’s dismal failure to anticipate the recent surge in cases across the country.
Joe Biden bungled the testing crisis in a way that, if Donald Trump had done it, it would have prompted a congressional investigation.
Weeks after White House press secretary Jen Psaki made fun of the idea, Biden’s plan to distribute a half-billion tests around the country doesn’t begin until next month — a puzzling delay given the desperate need for testing now while COVID is surging.
The state of Massachusetts under Gov. Charlie Baker gave out 2 million at-home testing kits to the communities hardest hit by coronavirus and that impact was immediate.
Cities like Boston were able to distribute the free kits to residents and even those were in scarce supply by Christmas.
Long lines snaked around blocks by testing sites all over the country. And pharmacies with testing kits available for sale were difficult to find over the weekend. More likely patrons were met with homemade signs warning them that pharmacies were all sold out.
“We have to do more, we have to do better and we will,” Biden said on Monday after a meeting with the nation’s governors.
“It is not enough. It’s clearly not enough. If we had known we would have gone harder quicker, if we could have.”
And that is the problem — Biden should have known and probably did know. What one expert called a “pandemic game-changer” — giving access to testing to all Americans months ago — never materialized.
“We are about to see what I think is going to be another testing crisis in this country,” one of the leading experts on COVID testing, Harvard assistant professor of epidemiology Michael Mina wrote in September. “Unfortunately, we do not have the scale of either (rapid or PCR) tests to be able to get fast turnaround time.”
Vanity Fair reported last week that the Biden administration actually rejected a 10-page plan in October to boost pre-holiday testing with free, at-home kits. The ambitious plan to distribute 732 million tests per month was reportedly discussed in a White House zoom meeting, but the experts pushing the plan were told the idea was “dead.”
“We didn’t reject it,” Biden said on Monday in response to a question about the Vanity Fair report, before walking away from reporters.
Snapping at the press. Stomping away from questions. All the signs of an administration breakdown and loss of public confidence are there.
“Should we just send one (test) to every American? spokeswoman Psaki snarkily asked earlier this month.
In a press conference on Dec. 21, Biden was directly asked “what took so long” to approve a testing plan.
“C’mon what took so long? What took so long is it didn’t take long at all,” he responded.
C’mon, Joe. Just admit it. You blew it.
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