The CDC is still trying to recover from huge missteps it made in both:
- The criteria for testing possible victims of COVID-19
- And an in-house CDC test kid that was less effective at identifying COVID-19 than the test kit recommended by the WHO
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s increasing coronavirus testing capabilities at state and local labs after California officials criticized the agency for delaying testing on a state resident who has COVID-19. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, announced Thursday on a conference call that the agency has released a new diagnostic test for COVID-19. The CDC, she said, also rolled out guidelines for how state and local health labs can correct previously faulty test kits sent out by the CDC. The changes, she said, will improve the country’s ability to quickly identify and treat COVID-19 patients.“Labs can start testing with existing CDC test kits … This will increase testing capacity at state and local health departments,” she said. “Additionally, CDC has manufactured brand new test kits.”
Why does it feel like we are having a repeat of this?