Admiral Brett Giroir, U.S. Secretary of Health, speaks during a House Select subcommittee for a hearing on the coronavirus crisis in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2020.
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The White House denied a report on Friday alleging that the Trump administration had rejected plans for a national corona virus test strategy to make democratic governors appear "completely wrong" in some of the hardest hit states.
According to an article published on Thursday at the Vanity Fair, a team led by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, overdistributed the test kits early in the country's response to the pandemic that prompted the federal government coordinate, a national test plan creates affected areas including recommendations. The publication said it had received a copy of the plan.
"The article is misrepresented and misrepresented time and again," White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. "The article is completely wrong in claiming that any tests have been stopped for political or other reasons."
The report said that Kushner's team worked separately from Giroir's team at HHS, which was tasked in mid-March with national testing efforts between disease control and prevention centers, the Food and Drug Administration, and state and local health authorities coordinate and private or public clinical laboratories.
However, Kushner's plan has been reportedly dismissed by the Trump administration because the coronavirus hit hardest Democrat-led states and a national strategy "would not make political sense," Vanity Fair said, citing a public health expert who helped one member on Kushner's team spoke familiar with the matter.
"I've never heard anything as absurd as" We're not going to make a national plan because it affects democratic states, "said Adm. Brett Giroir, deputy health minister at the Department of Health and Human Services, in an interview on Fox News. Giroir is leader in the US "I want to calm this down because it is really ridiculous and arouses mistrust of the public health system."
Giroir said in Fox News that he had seen Kushner's plan and "implemented parts of it".
"We all worked together, there was no separation or closet or super secret plans. We all worked together," said Giroir.
Earlier this year, as the coronavirus spread from Asia and Europe to the United States, states with democratic governors such as Washington, New York, and California were among the first to report severe coronavirus outbreaks. New York City eventually became the epicenter of the country, reporting nearly 800 deaths each day at the peak of its April outbreak.
At that time, the federal government was trying to improve the country's testing capacity and delegated the task to the states. New York sought to buy corona virus test kits, and eventually expanded its own state-of-the-art device manufacturing and laboratory testing capabilities.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was a frequent critic of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic "Virus of the American division and federal incompetence."