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GOP Senators: Don't Reduce COVID-19 Testing

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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:24 AM

Republican senators are warning against cutting back on coronavirus testing.

And the lawmakers argue the number of daily tests should actually be increased until a COVID-19 vaccine is in place, according to The Hill.

During his rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Donald Trump said that he directed health officials to slow down the rate of testing as the COVID-19 numbers continue to climb.

A White House official later said Trump was "obviously kidding."

Asked if the U.S. should reduce testing, Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said: “No, no, no, We need tests and we need … millions of them, tens of millions of them, especially when we start opening up this fall."

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the health committee, told HuffPost: “We need the tests. They help us contain the disease and they build confidence we can go back to work, back to school.”

And Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told HuffPost: “We have to increase our testing.”

Meanwhile, the government’s top infectious disease expert,   Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a House committee Tuesday that the White House Coronavirus Task Force was never told to slow down testing for the virus.

“None of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. … In fact, we will be doing more testing,” Fauci said.

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