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Tags: Coronavirus | Trump Administration | cdc | nancy pelosi | testing | guidelines

Pelosi: CDC's New Virus Testing Policy 'Scary and Dangerous'

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 August 2020 02:19 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a new Trump administration policy that suggests fewer coronavirus tests should be conducted is "scary and dangerous."

During a call with reporters Wednesday, Pelosi was asked about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated COVID-19 testing policy, which recommends that only people with symptoms be tested for the virus. That excludes people who have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

"The CDC guidelines that they had put forth are scary and dangerous," Pelosi said in response to a question from Mediaite. "It really is very sad and just reinforces the lack of attention and understanding that we have to have in order to crush this virus.

"Scientists tell us, and they have told us over and over again over the past months, that we must be testing more. That we should be testing 3 million people a day. The administration has resisted that."

Pelosi then referenced past comments from President Donald Trump about testing for the virus that has infected 24.2 million people worldwide and killed more than 826,000 people.

"The president said testing is what, overrated. I think he was talking about himself, every time he says something like that it's like a rejection of himself. Overrated," she said.

"So now they are having the CDC, shame on them, as I say shame on the commissioner of the FDA the other day for his misrepresentations, this all is being politicized, and yes we will be investigating."

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is looking into the matter, Pelosi confirmed, and so will the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a new Trump administration policy that suggests fewer coronavirus tests should be conducted is "scary and dangerous." During a call with reporters Wednesday, Pelosi was asked about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated...
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