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Beyer presses FDA, CDC leaders for daily updates on U.S. testing capacity

Washington, D.C., March 16, 2020

Congressman Don Beyer, D-Va., is pushing FDA and CDC leaders for daily, updated information on testing capacity for each state, the district, and the territories.

“It is important for public health officials and policy makers to have a full understanding of testing capacity in order to appropriately plan,” Beyer wrote in a letter Monday. “More importantly, for the United States economy to return to full operation, it will be necessary for localities to have sufficient testing capacity to trust and allow for free movement of people for those clear of COVID-19. I respectfully request that the administration provide daily, comprehensive updates on testing capacity for each State, Territory, and the District of Columbia.” 

“It has been near impossible to get comprehensive data on how many samples or patients can be served,” Beyer added. “We need leadership from the CDC and FDA to publish daily testing capacity updates.”

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