White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday said he’s “confident” that the US has the testing needed to begin opening businesses and relaxing guidelines imposed to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Kusher said the coronavirus task force has been in contact with governors about the supplies they need to begin opening their economies and Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis said he has more testing capacity “than he has demand for the tests, and so we’re really doing quite well with that.”
“And I always find that we see leading indicators and often the media sees the lagging indicators, But, the leading indicators [on] testing are extraordinarily positive,” Kushner told “Fox and Friends.” “And I’m very confident that we have all the testing we need to start opening the country in accordance with the safety guidelines that President Trump, the vice president, Dr. Birx, and Dr. Fauci laid out on April 19.”
Kushner, who is married to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, said the administration and health-care providers overcame a monumental challenge to meet the rising demand for supplies during the pandemic.
“You’ve never really had a situation where you had to respond in this quick time frame to such a massive surge in demand for supplies that we didn’t make in this country,” Kushner said.
“The health care sector in America is mostly controlled by the private sector and not-for-profits. So it’s not run by the government. So you need to take a custom-tailored approach and we created a ‘control tower’ approach with the private company distributors in order to make sure that we could be as efficient as possible,” he continued. “And it’s been quite successful.”
He said about 5.8 million tests have now been conducted over the past 60 days and “you’re going to see that number continue to accelerate.”
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